Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma, Brain Tumor in 4th Ventricle
Travis’ world changed when he was in 4th grade and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on March 6, 2013 at the age of 10 years old. He had episodes of feeling dizzy, vomiting and headaches but then he would quickly recover and feel better. After a couple months of testing, his parents knew something was wrong, so they brought him to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. They discovered he had a brain tumor and he was operated on the very next day.
After 10 days in the hospital and several weeks at home recovering from the surgery, their family moved temporarily to Houston, Texas for 7 weeks to receive proton radiation therapy. Luckily today, we have a proton beam therapy center here in San Diego so families don’t have to uproot their lives for treatment. Travis was given one month off after proton therapy before he began 6 rounds of chemotherapy over the course of 7 hospital stays. For each round, he was in the hospital for about 5 days. Travis asked Santa "Can I please be done with chemo before Christmas?” His last round of chemo was on December 17, 2013.
“Travis is doing great and has a positive attitude. He is our little warrior "says his mom, Lynne, who enjoys giving back to Rady Children's Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders by: delivering fleece blankets to the kids; donating to the game room; and volunteering to make and serve meals at Ronald McDonald House across the street.
“Each part was so hard from receiving the diagnosis to right after the surgery with the pain and the unknown. Then from the first week of proton beam therapy to the first rounds of chemo, which were tough.” Lynne recalled. "But we were very blessed every step of the way and we tried to look for the Silver Lining in every day. Dr. Crawford, he’s our number 1 and the entire staff and facilities at Rady Children's are incredible.”
Travis' dad, Tony, says: "The good news is that the Brain Cancer was caught early and is treatable. We are also lucky to have world class doctors like our Neuro-Surgeon and Neuro-Oncologist and a pediatric hospital like Rady Children’s. The bad news is that Cancer Sucks and the treatment road is a long and hard one to travel. So as a family, we decided that we would face this thing head on, provide the best possible treatment and care for Travis that we can and have faith that everything will work out. We also decided that we would share our story, as difficult as that can be at times, and having done so, we have been truly blessed in so many ways as we travel our journey.