Go Fund Me Campaign for Eathn Edward Gregory.
At only age 17, cancer survivor and Victoria hockey player Eathn Gregory has been diagnosed with a tumor in his spine.
Eathn has been playing hockey for 12 years as a goalie, starting at age 5 with the Peninsula Eagles. Eathn then moved to the Saanich Braves where a hockey injury led to the discovery and diagnosis of a Wilms Tumor, a cancer that starts in the kidneys.
Eathn was admitted to the BC Children’s Hospital at age 9, where doctors successfully removed the softball sized tumor in his left kidney. Over the next year, Eathn and his family endured a gruelling year of travel between Eathn’s home in Victoria and the chemo and radiation therapy offered in Vancouver. Travel, treatments, and subsequent visits for remediation testing have left the Gregory family in dire financial situation. Between time off from work and medical treatments in the thousands, this family has never asked for help with the mounting debt from hospital bills.
After getting cleared by physicians, Eathn returned to his passion playing minor league hockey; in 2017 he was approached by two WSHL teams and made main camp with the Kerry Park Islanders. A contract to play Junior A in the US was tempting, but Eathn wanted to finish his Grade 12 year at Spectrum High School close to his family and friends.
Recently, Eathn had started to develop pain in his glutes and hamstrings and it was becoming unbearable to walk. Several unsuccessful physical therapy treatments later, he went for medical imaging. After years of positive check ups, blood work and doctor visits, nothing could prepare the Gregory family for the news they were about to receive.
This past week, a MRI revealed a tumor on Eathn's spinal cord between the L1 and L2 vertebrae. He has now been air lifted to the BC Children’s Hospital where he will undergo a risky surgery on Friday, February 23.
Through this whole experience I have never heard Eathn complain or ask “why me”; his strength is truly remarkable.
I am asking for donations to help support Eathn and his family during this difficult journey.
Let’s show Eathn we support him.
- Tracy Carmichael
- Tania Hartley
- Edith Mendoza
- Jaime Caldwell
Organizer and beneficiary