Love for Mason

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Raised by 177 people in 22 months
This page is being set up by Mark's Co-Workers.  Mark and Melissa found out in the last 2 weeks that 2 year old Mason has Neuroblastoma.  Neuroblastoma is a form of Cancer that starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control.  Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body.  Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that starts in certain very early forms of nerve cells found in an embryo or fetus. (The term neuro refers to nerves, while blastoma refers to a cancer that affects immature or developing cells). This type of cancer occurs most often in infants and young children. It is rarely found in children older than 10 years.

This was recently diagnosed when Mason started to have tummy pain.  Initially they thought it was a hernia and when the surgeon evaluated him they determined it was a mass the size of a golf ball near Mason's stomach.  Within 24 hours the testing began.  He has been poked and prodded and scanned every day since.  Mason is in stage 4, with the cancer in his abdomen, bones, spine and hip.  The family has been told to prepare for the hardest 6 months to a year of their life.  

Mark and Melissa both want to be by their child's side but like most of us this creates a financial strain.  We are setting this page up to help them have the ability to be by their son’s side during this hard time.  Anything is appreciated.


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Since the last update Mason has gone through a lot.  He had his fifth round of chemo in May.  That was the final “round” of chemo.  After that he had to have a lot of testing done to ensure that he could move on to the next treatment.  He had to have a hearing and dental exam.  He had many x-rays and a CT scan.  He was cleared by the dentist, ear doctor, and radiologist to move on to stem cell transplant (SCT). 

In June Mason was admitted for his SCT.  He and his parents were there for three weeks.  He received a high dose chemo for six days.  That chemo caused him to have severe mucositis which made him vomit and not be able to eat.  He had to get a feeding tube and spent about a week in bed recovering from this.  Once his counts recovered Mason and his parents were able to finally go home. 

Thankfully Mason will no longer need chemotherapy but did have to have 12 rounds of radiation in July/August.  He went to Hopkins every morning for 12 days to receive radiation therapy.  Mason had to be sedated by anesthesia each day to receive this therapy since he is so young and had to remain completely still. 

Mason had a birthday while receiving radiation.  He turned 3 and had a superhero birthday party. Super Mason spent the day running around outside and enjoying being a 3 year old.  He was able to have somewhat of a break by not having any inpatient admissions to Hopkins in August.  He did have an EKG, echocardiogram, eye exam, another CT scan, and an MIBG scan to ensure that he was able to move on to the next stage of treatment. 

I am happy to say that the scans still show that Mason is in remission with no evidence of disease!  He was able to spend a few weeks playing with his dog, playing with his own toys, and sleeping in his own bed.  He still had to go to the hospital 2-3 times per week for blood draws and follow up visits with his providers.

In September, Mason was admitted to Hopkins for his first cycle of immunotherapy.  He received an infusion of a drug that causes severe bone pain.  He got the infusion for 20 hours a day for the entire week.  Mason’s parents have been told that there are many side effects that could occur during this therapy including cardiac arrest and anaphylaxis.

Last weekend Mason was discharged from Hopkins after the second cycle of immunotherapy. This time he was there for two weeks receiving two drugs. One was the same as last month that causes bone pain and the other makes him feel like he has flu symptoms. He wasn't able to eat and got very weak. He had 8 IV pumps running on his IV pole including pain meds. At one point the doctors were concerned about his kidneys and put a peripheral IV in his hand to give him yet another treatment. He is home recovering from this harsh cycle. He is still weak and slowly gaining his appetite back. Mason will receive six total cycles over the next few months. 

Please keep Mason in your prayers.  He is responding really well to the therapies that he has completed but still has a tough road ahead of him.  

This is a glimpse of all of the pumps that were infusing meds and fluids into Mason throughout this cycle of immunotherapy. He was completely drained and so weak.
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Last week Mason had scans that showed no evidence of the neuroblastoma cancer cells that were in Mason's body. Yesterday he had his tumor removed and everything went extremely well. Mason still has to have a few tests to fully confirm that his cancer is completely gone, so there is still a long road ahead for Mason and his family. As wonderful as this news is he will still need to complete his course of treatment that could last through the beginning of the year. Mason's family is so appreciative of all the love, support, and prayers that they have received thus far, however, both his parents are still out of work to be by their baby's side, so any extra help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Please keep Mason in your prayers as he's coming up on more of the difficult parts of this diagnosis.
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Mason goes in today for round 2 of Chemo...please keep him in your thoughts.
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Mason was back in the hospital this weekend with a blood infection...But through it all he keeps smiling :)
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Cindy Filling Rogers
22 months ago

I will keep him in my prayers.

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Cindy Filling Rogers
22 months ago

THAT IS GREAT NEWS I WILL KEEP HIM IN MY PRAYERS WHAT A STRONG LITTLE MAN HE IS XO.

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William Klaus
13 months ago

Stay strong Mason!

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14 months ago
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Kimberly Atkinson
14 months ago

Best Wishes

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16 months ago
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17 months ago
Cindy Filling Rogers
22 months ago

I will keep him in my prayers.

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Cindy Filling Rogers
22 months ago

THAT IS GREAT NEWS I WILL KEEP HIM IN MY PRAYERS WHAT A STRONG LITTLE MAN HE IS XO.

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