On May 16, 2014, my brother brought Colt to the doctor to have an MRI of his back due to persistent leg pain and difficulty with walking and running. The diagnosis was not what they anticipated. Their world was turned upside down when Colt was diagnosed with an extremely rare, aggressive form of neuroblastoma, causing a softball sized tumor to develop in his abdomen. About 700 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year, and only 5% of those have the aggressive form that Colt has. This creates another obstacle, as fewer cases of this type of cancer leads to less research and knowledge available to specifically treat this condition.
Colt Moore is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy every 3 weeks and will have two surgeries in attempt to remove the tumor. His next round of chemotherapy will be in about 1 1/2 weeks. He will then have the first general surgery to remove the majority of the mass. If healing goes as anticipated, he will undergo another surgery by a neurosurgeon to remove the remainder of the tumor that is closer to his spine, nerves and vital tissues. Following surgery, he will check into the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital for 21-30 days for the stem cell transplant and round 5 of chemotherapy. He will also need to have radiation and antibody therapy following the surgeries and stem cell transplant.
Throughout this entire process, Mike and Emily have been told, "it will be a long journey". They do not know how long. They just remain positive and take it one day at a time. Please join us in our Support Our Superhero Colt campaign! Mike, Emily, Hunter and Colt greatly appreciate your prayers, love and support as they continue on this journey!
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