3-year-old Bryce loves playing with his siblings and making people laugh with his goofy sense of humour.
But in September 2021, Bryce was diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumor called, ‘central nervous system embryonal tumor'.
It all began extremely suddenly when Bryce had an intense seizure out of nowhere one morning in July 2021, when he was just 2 years old.
It was all very scary for Bryce and his family. As his mom, Mary, told us, “It looked like he was drowning, except there was no water nearby.”
His parents were shocked and took him straight to the doctors who noticed there was a small spot on his brain.
The doctors kept a close eye on the spot, but it took them a while to figure out exactly what was going on…
This meant that by the time Bryce was officially diagnosed with central nervous system embryonal tumor, his tumor had already grown from the size of a fingernail to roughly the size of a lime.
Bryce needed to have surgery right away, but due to the location of his tumor, he was unable to safely have surgery without a high risk of long-term disability.
Instead, he started a six-cycle chemotherapy protocol. Each cycle required seven days in hospital and because of complications, each of Bryce’s cycles meant spending roughly 30 days in hospital.
Because of this, Bryce was stuck in hospital over Christmas. But luckily, he was able to be out of hospital for Halloween so he could go trick-or-treating with his siblings.
Whilst in treatment, Bryce had to learn to walk again after long periods of not being well enough to even try and at one point... he had to take six different medications daily.
As Bryce’s mom shared with us, “It’s heart-wrenching to hear that your child is one of the sickest children on the cancer floor.”
Recently, Bryce had an MRI which showed that his tumor was 90% gone, but he still has a long way to go.
His last two chemo cycles didn’t show any change in the tumor. His family and medical team are hoping that his sixth cycle, which includes high doses of three new chemotherapy drugs and a stem cell transplant, will continue chipping away at it.
Bryce is an incredibly brave little boy, and he just keeps on fighting. His mom told us, “He is just sucking it up and doing what I have asked him to do every day since we found out.”
Stay strong and brave, Bryce. We’re riding for YOU this September!