Recently we received heart-breaking news that my beloved 3 year old nephew, Brayden Thomas Stacey has Craniopharyngioma. It is a golf ball size tumor in his brain near his pituitary gland and optic nerves. This was discovered after Brayden was grabbing his head and saying "hurt" when hearing loud noises and certain movements.
We are so sad and sickened by this news. Brayden is scheduled for brain surgery at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Wednesday, October 5th. Although these types of tumors are usually benign, he will definitely need radiation and potentially chemotherapy to fully remove the tumor.
My sister Sarah, and brother-in-law Nick, have met with an eye specialist and Brayden unfortunately has some vision damage which could be permanent.
As you can imagine, this is all going to be very expensive. In addition, Sarah and Nick have recently added to their growing family with Beckam who is 3 months old. Sarah has used all of her paid time off from her maternity leave, so her days off will be unpaid.
As we learn more and move forward, I would like to make the financial burden less of a worry for them, as this should not be their concern right now.
If you can help in any way, it would be deeply appreciated.
Children are resilient and so much more positive and I know Brayden will be a champ through all of this. But it still hurts my heart, as I adore my nephews so much. Brayden loves his firetrucks, snuggles and family very much. Please help get this little man better!
Please keep my precious Brayden, my sister and brother-in-law and our entire family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for your prayers, generosity and kindness. It means the world to me.