At the end of April, Mason began waking up in the middle of the night with ear pain. His parents Mike and Tori took him to the doctor who prescribed antibiotics. He then began having additional symptoms such as bad breath and continued ear pain. On May 26, their doctor referred them to Stanford's Children Center to be evaluated. On the chest X-Ray they conducted, they noticed Mason's lymph nodes were swollen but that there were no signs of lymphoma or leukemia. At Stanford they prescribed him stronger antibiotics and sent him home. The antibiotics he was prescribed were not helping so he was scheduled for a CT scan the morning of June 9th. After the CT Scan they did an MRI and immediately admitted him to the hospital. He had exploratory surgery that night to remove what they thought was a fluid filled abscess. During the surgery, they did not find any fluid, which indicated that it was a tumor. The tumor was sent for biopsy. Then they learned the devestating news that Mason has childhood High Grade B Cell/Burkitt's Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
This particular cancer is a type that multiples rapidly and requires very aggressive treatment. Mason underwent his first chemotherapy session on June 14. The treatment plan at this time is to do intensive chemotherapy for the next 6 months.
Treatment of Non-Hodgkin's High grade B-cell / Burkitt's lymphoma is usually very successful, with a cure rate of over 90%. Mason and his family need your help. This money will help with medical bills and missed work for Mike who is self-employed. Anything and everything you can give helps Mason in his fight to beat this.
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