Help Tyler Beat Brain Cancer

Towards the end of July, beginning of August, Tyler started experiencing headaches and was misdiagnosed with a sinus infection.  After a couple days on the prescribed medication, the headaches worsened, becoming more generalized resulting in Tyler seeking a second opinion from another doctor. On August 14th, Tyler and his mom went to the Ottawa General Hospital, where he under went a scan of his head, which revealed a mass. Following the preliminary scan, Tyler was transferred to the Ottawa General Hospital for further tests. In the early hours of August 15th, the mass was identified as an inoperable Grade 3 Glioma Brain Tumor . (A glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas make up about 30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors and 80% of all malignant brain tumors.)

Due to the size and placement of the tumor, a permanent shunt was placed in Tyler's head on August 16th to circumvent the tumor, allowing fluid to drain.

After 10 days of deliberation, the doctors came up with the initial treatment plan which began the first week of September;  a combination of Oral Chemotherapy (not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan) and targeted radiation 5 days a week for six weeks, in conjunction with many medications to alleviate the side effects of these treatments. (Several of these are not covered).

Due to Tyler's current condition and nature of his prognosis, he is no longer able to work at either of the two jobs he held before his diagnosis. Tyler has begun the lengthy process of applying for applicable government assistance programs, which he may or may not be approved for.  Regardless of the approval, Tyler is in immediate need of financial assistance to suppliment both his cost of living and treatment. He is currently paying for part of his treatment, and medication regiment out of pocket. In order to achieve the best possible outcome we are exploring alternative treaments, many of which are extremley costly.

For those of you who have not had the privilege of knowing Tyler, I would like to take a moment to share a few words about him.

After ten years of friendship, I've truly only ever thought of Tyler as family. He has that affect on everyone who's known him.  Tyler only being 25, devotes himslef to everone in his life. His selfless passion to help others, infectious humor and optimism, effortless ability to make others smile, are just a few qualities from a very large list that make Tyler so loved.

On behalf of Tyler and his family, I would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read this.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated whether it be to help us reach our financial goal, or sharing this campaign with as many people as you can.

UPADTES will be provided below as they occur.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or simply want to get in touch, please contact me.

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Jensen Hammill 
Tina Bellefeuille 
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