August 14, 2015 started out as a typical late summer Friday. The sky was blue, the temperature was normal Savannah, Georgia hot and everything seemed perfect. However, by the end of that day we could no longer remember the meaning of words like typical, normal, or perfect. What started out as the beginning of a beautiful weekend became the beginning of our cancer journey. An initial brain scan indicated that our fifteen year old son Ezra “EZ” had a large tumor like mass near his brain stem. Several MRI scans confirmed that there were two well developed tumors, and a third area with abnormal cell growth activity in the brain. Small tumors were also found on the lumbar spinal cord. Ezra courageously underwent brain surgery during which the tumors were biopsied and a cranial shunt was implanted to eliminate hydrocephalus. Five days after the surgery, we were given the devastating news; the tumors were malignant. Our son had cancer. Ezra was diagnosed with Pineal Germinoma with drop metastases to lumbar spinal cord. When the doctors told Ezra that he had cancer, he sat quietly for a few moments and then he said, “okay, what do I need to do to get better?” He heroically went through chemotherapy and radiation, and was determined to get better. “I am better,” became his daily affirmation. Not only is our son getting better physically, he is spiritually. His faith in God, courage to fight, and embrace life inspires our entire family and community of friends. Today Ezra is cancer free; he fought hard and won big!
Throughout his treatment he was able to Skype with friends, classmates and teachers using the technology given to him by Hopecam. Being able to connect with his peers gave him hope that soon he would be able to return to a normal life.
-Bereatha, parent of Ezra