Mitchell's Medical Fund
Over the next few months, while awaiting surgical consults, Mitchell began experiencing a variety of other symptoms such as an increase in pain, the onset of Horners syndrome and numbness and tingling from the chest down. These caused him to seek medical attention and finally be sent to Halifax by ambulance. He was discharged after some hours of observation. After follow up insistence, an MRI was performed 2 days later which showed a marked growth in the tumor.
On Nov. 5th he was admitted to hospital in Halifax and underwent a biopsy which revealed that the tumor was cancerous. It would be much later when pathology determined that is was a very rare peripheral nerve sheath sarcoma, a “Triton” tumor. Once a plan was put together, Mitchell underwent a 16 hour surgery to remove the tumor, three vertebrae, several ribs, part of his chest wall, sever 3 nerves and then reconstruct his spine. Two subsequent surgeries for internal bleeding were necessary. Through all of this Mitchell has remained positive and strong in his fight to beat this disease.
In December he was transferred to the Rehabilitation hospital and began physio and occupational therapy to improve his strength and mobility.
Because of the rareness of this tumor Oncologists felt it was advisable to be referred to a larger cancer centre that may have more experience with this particular type of tumor. On December 31st Mitchell and his parents travelled to Toronto to begin assessments and treatment for his cancer. He is not a patient in hospital as he is being treated as an outpatient and is staying at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Lodge. Because of his illness he is not working and has a long journey ahead of him to recover. The cost of staying in Toronto for the next seven to eight weeks for his treatment is considerable, not to mention the costs of medication and assistive devices such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs.
This brave young man has been strong and courageous throughout this whole journey thus far and not for one minute has there been any negative thinking as he chose to take all of his energy and put it into his recovery. Mitchell loves the outdoors and nature and we are looking forward to when he can walk through the woods, kayak across a lake and climb mountains again.
He will beat this.
As his family we are asking for any and all donations for Mitchell to help with the costs of his treatment so he can place all of his energy into fighting his cancer.
From Mitchell’s family, friends and community we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
He is now an inpatient at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Radiation treatments began on Saturday, January 27th. Although the path has been difficult, Mitchell remains positive and his spirit shines through with his usual good humour.
We appreciate your continued prayers and positive thoughts.
With love and gratitude,