This is a story about my nephew Nathan Lam. He was born on August 1st 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario and is the middle child out of 3 siblings. Today, he turns 18 months old and is going through a battle no one should ever have to especially at his age.
Two weeks ago Nathan suddenly seemed very uncomfortable and was having a lot of trouble walking. His parents took him to CHEO where they were informed of a large tumor that was growing in Nathan's spine. From there CHEO decided that the best course of action was to have the surgery done immediately at the Sick Kids Hospitals in Toronto.
On Monday January 29 2018, Nathan's surgery was considered a success and the doctors were able to remove 90% of the tumor! Unfortunately, a few days after operation, tests results came back and the tumor was confirmed malignant. Nathan was diagnosed with a rare/aggressive form of cancer, Childhood Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor Cancer.
The doctors gave him a 50% chance of survival. Once Nathan recovers from his recent surgery, he will start the process of chemo. At this moment Nathan is in high spirits and his usual joyful self even though he has been unable to walk or move his legs.
His parents and siblings will now have to move from Ottawa to Toronto for the next year while he is going through treatment. Your kind donations and support will help them settle in a new city where they have no relatives and is currently unemployed so they can be there for Nathan.
On behalf of his family I would like to thank you with the utmost appreciation for any bit of your help. Even a prayer for Nathan is more than we can ask for.
Thank you for taking your time to read his story
- Brian Barnes
- Katie Ng
- Becky Eng
- howard tran
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