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In November of 2002, after complaining about head and neck pains, our once healthy and delightful three year old son Mason was diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma aggressive brain tumour. Our world was shattered. The future of our once happy and loving family of two boys and baby on the way seemed so uncertain. We questioned everything…why us, our faith and life itself as we prepared for the fight of our lives. The next year and a half would be a roller coaster ride of taking two steps forward and one step back as we all pulled together to overcome this disease. Surgeries, radiation treatments, heavy chemotherapy, infections, blood transfusions and lots of time spent in hospital was our everyday life. Words cannot describe our feelings are we watched our child suffer through this reality. We focused on staying positive, keeping our family unit strong and connecting to God. The loving support that we received from family, friends and community was invaluable. The medical staff became like extended family and people appeared out of nowhere to extend themselves for our benefit. It was truly a humbling experience that we will always be thankful for and that motivates us to serve others today. We have come a long way in the last five years. Mason is not only surviving, he's thriving! He continues to amaze us with his ability to overcome adversity at eight years old, is our little hero. We have every confidence that he has all that he needs to live out a happy and fulfilled life. What we have learned and taken away from this experience is that life has no guarantees. None of us know what is around the corner and that all we can do to prepare ourselves is to live our best lives by helping to serve others. It is how we are all connected. God takes care of the rest!



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Roy and the Gamma Knife – A Happy Tale

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