On December 9th, 2017 Hayes was diagnosed with Chordoma. Chordoma is diagnosed in just one in one million people. Less than 5% of those cases occur in children.
Chordoma is a type of cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull and spine. Chordoma tumor cells arise from cells of the notochord, a cartilage-like structure that acts like building blocks for the development of the spine during fetal development. Chordoma is part of a family of cancers called sarcoma, which includes cancers of the bones, cartilage, blood vessels, muscles, and other connective tissue.
Hayes will travel across the country for specialists to review his case and determine the course of treatment.