After two months of mis-diagnosis, a swollen right cheek on 9 yr old Sigmund's face was determined to be fibrous mass growing under the skin. That determination began a whirlwind of imaging, biopsies, and follow ups. What was eventually revealed was that Sig has a "Desmoid Tumor" ravaging the tissues and structure of his right facial area. The tumor is consuming bone, blood vessels, sinuses, nerves, and muscle tissue as it makes its home on Sig's face. Almost immediately Sig began weekly Chemotherapy treatments in attempt to "shrink" the tumor before any sort of surgeries to attempt removal can commence. Surgery is imminent no matter how the tumor responds to the chemo, as is a radiation treatmeant phase. He has just entered his 10th week of 52 weeks of prescribed chemo. Total treatments are expected to last 18-24 months. Sig is not reacting as well to the chemo treatments as was hoped. So far he has lost 10% of his body weight due to the nausea and vomiting associated with the chemo. Recent imaging has determined the tumor is not responding as expected. The tumor was recently classified as a "fibrous mass of undetermined behavior." All treatments are out of town and require a full day for traveling and appointments. Sig has gone from a straight "A" student in his school's gifted program, to missing nearly everyday of school now for the third month straight, with no end in sight. Some weeks are better than others, but even the best weeks still only result in a couple days of being able to attend school. As Sig perseveres through the physical pain and emotional strain of going through his days with this tumor, he has required constant care from his dad and step-mom who have put their lives and careers on hold to meet Sig's immediate needs. This care has come with a huge price that unfortunately is not within the capabilities of this family to absorb. Sig has 3 brothers and a sister that need to keep on with their daily lives in as normal a fashion as possible. Currently, this family needs help covering the bills so as to not add more trauma at this critical time. On the plus side, the kids do have medical insurance. Our goal of $15,000 is not going to fix everything, but hopefully it is the boost needed to keep this family from being financially crushed by this event. Thank you to everyone for your support in all its forms. God bless.