With all your help, we can ensure he isn’t fighting this battle alone. His Fight is Our Fight!
Diagnosis: Non-Hodgkin's Central Nervous System Lymphoma Cancer (Rare Type)
Treatments: Intraventricular Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant
My nephew Brent Terence is a perfectly healthy 17-year-old young man, active in school, up to date on his routine check-ups, and has normal labs… But, until the end of July 2022, Terence showed signs of extreme fatigue, inability to keep his eyes open, inability to walk straight, confusion, loss of memory and hallucination. So his parents, Brenda and Tristan, decided to take him to the ER. Multiple blood tests and x-rays were done, but they couldn’t figure it out. Finally, Terence got a CT scan which revealed a hypothalamic tumor, an abnormal growth in the hypothalamus gland located in the brain. Hypothalamus is your body’s “smart control” coordinating center; Its primary objective is to keep you alive. He was rushed to the ICU after finding out the result; they did more tests and multiple MRIs - fast forward to August 2022, he went under craniotomy, and they took a tiny piece of the tumor for biopsy. The biopsy results concluded the diagnosis of rare type Diffused Large B Cell Non-Hodgkin's Central Nervous Lymphoma Cancer.
For those who know Brent Terence, you know he is a person with a heart of gold.
For those who don't know Brent Terence, think of the biggest ray of sunshine you can be blessed to have in your life. Terence is graduating this year, senior high school in Palisades Charter High School, and is a loving brother to Bella (13 yrs old) and Bianca (11 yrs old). He’s been a great son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. He is also a positive role model to his loved ones and a wonderful friend to those he cares for.
He likes spending time playing video games at home.
In school, he’s studious and enjoys spending time with friends. He loves drawing, painting and psychology. He's hardworking and focused on his studies.
He’s been a consistent honor student; he was on the principal honor roll last school year. His extracurricular is MESA elective class mathematics engineering science achievement ( work on coding made Arduino circuit boards for robotics, and his team won in microbit challenge in goIT organization. He plans on attending USC or UCLA after he graduates high school and wants to become a successful psychologist and artist. He just wants to do good on earth.
This year should have been all about prom, graduation and preparation to go to college. But unfortunately, his life turned upside down. This cancer diagnosis is completely unexpected and devastating.
Faith E. and I know there are people, friends and loved ones who would love to help but aren't sure how.
We hope this will give you the means to participate in carrying them through this challenging time and alleviate some of the financial stress in the months ahead.
We seek to raise money for Brent Terence to assist with various facets of life in the coming weeks, and months, including Chemotherapy treatment costs, Bone Marrow Transplant, Stem Cell Treatment and all medical expenses associated with this diagnosis.
Any amount contributed will mean the world. We will update you on Brent Terence's fight as more details emerge. All the money donated through this page will be used for his care and medical expenses. If there is an abundance of gifts, then it will be used to bless Terence’s educational career. Feel free to share, and spread the word about our GoFundMe.
Even to this day, Brent wants to continue taking as many classes as he can. His teachers and counselors are encouraging him to decrease his workload through these trying times, but he declines. His mom tells me that he’s so advanced in his studies that he technically needs two more classes to graduate high school, but he continues to push to take more. He’s such an amazing and ambitious student!
Just a little fun facts for you about BT:
- He loves his teachers and counselors
- He likes silent films
- He prefers DC over Marvel
- He enjoys Manga
- He loves Thai Tea drink
- He likes all genres of music, but one of his favorite songs is: “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
- His favorite show is Breaking Bad
- He’s an AP Student, on the honor roll and principal’s list (and probably the president’s list with all his academic achievements )
Brent has many dreams he wants to pursue as he gets older, but right now, that goal is to make it through this hurdle. And if we can help him conquer this obstacle with lots of prayers and a giving heart, then maybe we, as his loving support group, can help this young man make his dreams come true! So please consider donating to Brent Terence and let us show him how much he means to us with your kind words and generous gifts.
Blessings to you friends and family as you give your gift to Brent Terence.
May the love you give today return to you ten-fold and more.
With all your help, we can ensure he isn’t fighting this battle alone.
His Fight is Our Fight!
Message from Brent
Craniotomy Brain Surgery
Shaved his hair for chemotherapy
Still smiling, PET SCAN 2 days before the first chemo
Sept 2022 - Another surgery
After his 3rd chemo, he still managed to receive 10.0 /10 in English doing virtual class