Kyle is 13 years old and loves all sports, soccer being his favorite to play, as well as basketball and baseball. He loves to watch the New York Yankees, the SU Orangemen and the NY Knicks, NY Giants for football.

In November of 2013, he started having headaches, nausea and vomiting. He was playing for the school basketball team and he came home saying he had a headache and went to bed. This went on for a few days so we took him to our regular doctor, who said it was a virus. A week later – he still wasn’t feeling right, so I decided to take him to the eye doctor to see if his eyes had changed a lot and that was causing this. The doctor at Vision Works in Fulton looked into his eyes several times after the eye exam, and said that he saw some pressure behind Kyle’s eyes and said if it were my child I would take him to the Upstate ER.

We did just that, and after eight hours in the ER, a CT scan showed a mass on Kyle’s brain. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect what was ahead of us, our whole world tipped upside down. He was admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital where he underwent 3 surgeries, one to put a temporary drain in to relieve the pressure, a biopsy of the tumor and a permanent shunt. We left the hospital 10 days later with no results of the biopsy yet. On December 12, we found ourselves in the Children’s Cancer Center finding out the news we did not want to hear – it was a cancerous tumor, a pineal parenchymal tumor. As of mid March 2014, he has finished with six weeks of chemo and radiation. He will have a six week break, and then he will return to Upstate for a six rounds of chemo. Everyone here at the Cancer Center has been awesome in getting us through this nightmare. We are praying for the best!

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