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Greetings Wood Family Supporters - 

Update: 8/6/18
Sweet Audrey passed away on Sunday, August 5th, surrounded by her loving parents. We thank everyone for all the love and support throughout this journey and beyond. 

Update: 7/27/18
Some updates since our original post. Audrey is no longer taking part in the clinical trial in Chicago. She has spent the summer turning 10 (yay!), playing with friends, and enjoying her family time. A few days ago, Audrey took a turn and began feeling pretty yucky. On Monday night, she was airlifted to Rochester and  is currently at St. Mary's. Shanna, Brent and her team of doctors are working together to determine what the future holds.  We're continuing to raise donations to assist with medical expenses and help ease the worry of missed work and wages in the future.  

On February 6th, 2018, 9-Year-old Audrey Wood was diagnosed with a cancerous pontine glioma tumor on her brain stem. Because of it's location, the tumor is inoperable and treatment options are limited. In April, Audrey completed six-weeks of radiation therapy. She rocked those six weeks, going to school and keeping up with normal life events like dance, piano lessons and slumber parties! She experienced very few side effects and kept up an incredible attitude throughout the entire treatment. 

Audrey was all set to have her follow-up MRI on May 10th, but on May 9th she was accepted into a clinical trial at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. This is an extraordinary opportunity. Because Audrey's type of tumor is rare (just 300 children a year are diagnosed), funding and research are limited. The clinical trial at Lurie accepts just three children and the treatment attacks the specific driver of Audrey's tumor. The Woods feel so blessed to have been accepted into the trial and are ready to conquer this thing! 

Shanna, Brent & Audrey head from Minnesota to Chicago to begin the trial in just a few days. This process has been a whirlwind. They are still learning about the treatment schedule, but they expect to travel to Chicago once a week for several weeks, and then will continue to make the trip down as the treatment continues for an undetermined amount of time. 

To know the Woods is to love the Woods. The outpouring of support and love for Brent, Shanna and Audrey has been incredible. They are a special family - strong, positive, generous, kind and seriously fun. Of course, this diagnosis has been heartbreaking and they've handled with with such courage and grace. All they've asked for is prayers for their sweet girl and their acceptance to Lurie is a testament to the power of prayer!  Keep them coming!

We're asking for donations to ease the cost of travel expenses. Finances are the last thing we want Shanna and Brent worrying right now. Thank you all for your support and outpouring of love for Audrey and her parents!


  • Julie Brass
    • $50 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Heidi Benson Smith
Mankato, MN
Shanna Wood

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