“How can I help you, Mommy?” asks four year old Callahan. Like all pre-schoolers, Callahan loves helping his mom, wrestling with his two big brothers, and playing outside with his trucks. No one would ever know that Callahan is a two-year survivor of Ependymoma, a rare brain tumor typically found at the base of the brain.
When Callahan began vomiting and holding the back of his head, his parents knew something was wrong. “We initially thought it was the stomach bug, but then Callahan started sleeping for more than 24 hours at a time,” explains his mom, Stacey. “Our pediatrician ordered an MRI and the tumor was found immediately. Three days later, he had his first brain surgery to remove the tumor. It was the scariest day of my life.”