Dave is a kind-hearted young man who was recently diagnosed with a recurrent left frontal lobe brain tumor, which physician's believe to be malignant. It also appears that the tumor has spread to the right frontal lobe and there is significant swelling around the tumor.
In 2002, Dave suffered a Grand Mal seizure on an airplane in route to California. The plane made an emergency landing and Dave was rushed to the nearest emergency room by ground ambulance. Later that day, Dave learned he had a brain tumor in the left frontal lobe about the size of a grapefruit. Dave was released from the hospital in California to return to Austin and receive medical care for the tumor at Rochester Mayo. On November 19, 2002 Dave underwent surgical removal of the brain tumor. The surgery went well and no further treatment was recommended, other than routine MRI follow up (to monitor for re-growth of the tumor). Dave's last MRI was in 2006 and everything looked great. He was informed that he no longer needed to continue getting routine MRIs.
In October 2016, Keri started to notice odd and bizarre behaviors in Dave. These behaviors were concerning and she began to seek medical help. Early in November Dave was seen at Mayo Austin and lab work and an MRI was performed. Subsequently, Dave was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and a recurrent brain tumor. Due to the "look" of the tumor on the MRI scan, urgent appointments were arranged for Dave at Mayo Rochester. On November 19th Dave and his family met with a neurologist and neurosurgeon and learned that his tumor is malignant and the physicians are very concerned. He learned that removing the tumor would result in significant complications and Dave would no longer be Dave. Therefore, the tumor is non-operable. Additionally, Dave will need oral chemotherapy and will receive radiation therapy Monday-Friday for 6 weeks. As you can imagine, this was incredibly devastating news to Dave and his family.
On November 30th, Dave underwent a stereotactic biopsy at Mayo Rochester. Results of the biopsy will tell us more about the tumor, treatment, and prognosis.
Dave is a very active member of the community and a local business owner. He is a man who is genuine, loving, and giving. Dave loves hockey and is a strong supporter of the Austin Bruins hockey team. Dave is a member of Lyle Area Cancer and collects aluminum cans throughout mower county for cancer research ("Cans for Cancer").
The family asks for continued prayers and support.