Trent has been diagnosed with a rare, fast-growing stage IV brain cancer called Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT).
Within only a few short months, he has gone from being an active 8-year-old with dreams of becoming a “professional baseball player when [he] grows up,” to being immobile on the left side of his body due to the tumor’s size and edema on the right side of his brain. His road to recovery is going to be a very hard battle to face. Immediate brain surgery, daily radiation for 6 weeks, and then at least 6 months of inpatient chemotherapy and then 6 months of a chemo pill are all needed just to try to save his life. Due to the rare diagnosis, he will be sent to specialists in San Diego for most of the treatments.
After his many months of intense treatment Trent will continue to need additional therapies for a long time to come due to the permanent physical and cognitive effects of the surgery and radiation—everything from physical and occupational therapies to modifications within the home to support a child with physical handicaps.
Trent’s mom is a single mom who will need our help being able manage the enormous medical bills.