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Mar 5th

Fight for Liam: Celebrating the End of Cancer Treatment

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Below is the story of a a little guy who is close to our hearts. We have posted the story from his website:

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In January 2011 Liam became so severely constipated that Ross and Trish took him to the emergency ward at McMaster Childrens Hospital. Over the next few days, they returned twice more, as the situation seemed to worsen. In a matter of days, Liam began to lose function in the lower half of his body.

An abdominal MRI, expected to take only an hour, became a 4.5 hour procedure. Multiple tumours were found riddling his body. Growths were found in his legs, hip and thigh bones, near the pancreas and lungs, and on his tailbone.

Of greatest importance, however, was a group of tumours found to be wrapped around his spinal chord, causing him to experience lower body paralysis. Liam underwent immediate surgery to remove the tumours from his spine. It was hoped that removing this cluster would relieve the pressure on his spinal cord, allowing him to regain lower body function. Unfortunately, Liam remained paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors and family are hopeful that normal motor function (urine and bowel movement, movement of his trunk and legs, etc.) may return with future treatment.

Liam had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. In Canada, only about 25 children are affected with this each year

Liam had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. In Canada, only about 25 children are affected with this each year. Liam underwent a year of aggressive chemotherapy treatment which actually due to infections, additional surgeries, and delays took over 14 months to complete.

Liam’s response to the treatment was remarkable as his will to survive and happy nature became an inspiration for all who have come to know him. Over the past 3 years Liam has defied the odds and has regained much of the function in his lower body. He is able to walk once again!

Over the past 3 years Liam has defied the odds and has regained much of the function in his lower body. He is able to walk once again!

The doctor in charge of Liam’s care is one of the very same doctors who treated Ross when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of 11. After a brief remission, Ross would eventually require a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully, Ross has now been cancer-free for over 20 years.

In April of 2012 as treatment was winding down Ross and Trish dreamed of a return to some form of a normal life with Liam possibly joining his sister at Daycare and Trish possibly returning to work.

Liam’s Doctors instead recommended that Liam continue with his Chemotherapy treatment for an additional 1-2 years as well as recommended that a major surgery of his lower right leg be performed to remove 4 of the muscles – the suspected original site of the Cancer. The initial plan of survival had been shifted to one of prevention of a relapse.

As people who care deeply about Ross, Trish, and their wonderful children, we are for the most part, helpless as they fight this battle with Liam. As Liam’s Chemotherapy Treatment finally comes to an end, Ross & Trish have decided to host one final Laugh For Liam event. A Celebration of the end of this long journey as well as a great opportunity to give back. All Proceeds raised from this event will support Rhabdomyosarcoma Research at SickKids Foundation.

If you are at all able to attend or make a prize table donation and help make this a wonderful night please contact Liam’s Dad – Ross Gibson at 416-804-2603 or ross_brodie@hotmail.com or one of the volunteers listed on the website: http://fightforliam.com/laugh-for-liam-3.

Most importantly however, please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers so that they are able to travel this horribly difficult journey in grace and peace.

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