Jason Guthrie's Brain Cancer Battle

Our good friend Jason Guthrie was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2012.  While getting dressed up as a garden gnome for Halloween, he fell to the ground and had a grand mal seizure.  In November 2012 he had his first brain surgery, which  was followed by 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.  This helped him beat the odds of a 5 year survival rate of only 5%, however, the treatments also lead to the development of metabolic disease consisting of hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Jason went four years without a seizure, during which time he was able to drive, work, and continue to be a loving, engaged father to his son Harrison and twin girls Florence and Felicity.  However, right before Christmas of 2016, the seizures returned with a vengeance, often multiple per month, and he was no longer able to drive or work.  This resulted in his wife Jennifer becoming the sole provider for the family of 5.  The team of medical professionals couldn't find the root cause of the seizures, and tried varied cocktails of medications, none of which helped.  He is currently taking 13 pills daily to try to help prevent seizures.  

A December 2018 MRI  showed that his brain was tumour free.  However, the next scan in February 2019 revealed a tumour 3 cm in size.  His oncologist made the referral to his neurosurgeon,  and his second brain surgery was April 1st, 2019.  Pathology results this second time came back with a diagnosis of a cancer, anaplastic ganglioglioma.  He now needs another round of radiation and chemotherapy.  

His wife Jennifer will not be able to work for an indefinite period of time as she helps Jason through this challenging treatment protocol.  As she is the sole financial provider for the family, this will result in severe hardship for the 2 adults and 3 children.  

Jason has a wonderful sense of humour, and throughout the past 7 years has kept his family laughing regardless of his daily struggles.  His perseverance and strength are boundless, as is his capacity to love.  The children think he is the bravest person they know.

Any financial assistance afforded to the Guthrie family would help to ease the burden they face, and let them know that they are not alone during this challenging time.  

PS Did we mentioned he loves Hot Wheels!

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Organizer and beneficiary

Jeanette Ngo 
Thorold, ON
Jason Guthrie 
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