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Astrocytomas arise from small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. They may grow anywhere in the brain or spinal cord. For one of our young Amelia natives, this fact became a cruel reality.
Rayden Reeves, my grandson, is currently battling it. When he was 17 years old, Rayden was play fighting with his best friend in Georgia. After a small accident, Rayden was sent to the hospital for a head CT to check for a concussion. The scans showed a small mass the size of a pencil tip at the junction of the right frontal & parietal lobes. Rayden was quickly sent home to Virginia to seek treatment at MCV. By the time he returned, the mass had grown to the size of a quarter.
10 months later, Rayden underwent right posterior frontal craniotomy and gross total resection of a primary tumor. During the surgery, Rayden had multiple seizures, resuscitated multiple times, and lost all motor skills on his left size. They were unsuccessful of removing the entire tumor. After his surgery, Rayden spent a month at MCV and another month at Sheltering Arms.
Fast forward to June of 2018, the tumor has returned as the size of peanut butter lid. He now has a beautiful 8 month old baby boy and fiance. He now seeks treatments at MCV clinics multiple times a week. With his cancer, he can experience headaches, blurred vision, changes in mood, and seizures. With the risk of these symptoms, he is currently unable to work.
Rayden's family is certainly doing all they can do to assist him in his time of need, however to lesson the hardship on the family we are asking for donations to help cover medical and traveling expenses, along with anything needed to care for his little family. Any and all donations are appreciated. Together, we can help Rayden fight. Thank you for your support and please pray for peace in all of this.