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Jacob Biopsy Revealed Terminal Brain Tumor
Family maintain hopes for future treatments

By Samantha Pollock

After weeks of agonizing anticipation Jacob Cameron and his Family have been given an answer. The growth found on the five-year-old’s brain stem was diagnosed as a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma tumor. Jacob has eight to nine months to live, doctors at Colorado’s Children’s Hospital say. Also known as brainstem glioma, the type of tumor Jacob was diagnosed with accounts for 10-15 percent of neurological tumors in children. It is highly aggressive and difficult to treat tumor.   

Jacob began radiotherapy August 5. As part of a new study, Jacob is one of four children to receive an experimental treatment method. He will undergo the equivalent of six weeks of radiation condensed into five days. Doctors suggest the intensified radiotherapy so to minimize the amount of time spent in hospital, and to allow for more quality time spent at home. Though a temporary remedy, doctors believe the radiation results will better his quality of life.

Previously VON reported that Jacob had maintained a child’s optimism throughout the ordeal that began when he suffered a stroke that paralyzed one side of his body. When a 20 per cent increase in the size of the growth occurred over a four week period doctors scheduled a biopsy to properly diagnose the growth on Jacob’s brainstem. Prior to the biopsy results it was unclear whether the growth was a cancerous tumor or a cyst caused by parasites. 
 

Despite being diagnosed with a terminal illness Jacob’s family is proceeding with treatment and is hopeful there will be more possibilities in the future. Angelina Cameron, Jacob’s mother hopes to return to Nosara in September with Jacob, while David Cameron will stay in the U.S. and try to find work. The community of Nosara continues to support the Cameron’s during this extraordinarily difficult time. 


Donations may be sent directly to the Cameron family at:
David Cameron
3751 W 136 Avenue Unit O-1
Broomfield, CO 80023




 

More Community News

The Community of Nosara pitches in to make Santa Marta a Blue Flag School

School is out on the weekends, but this Saturday August 20 the campus at Santa Marta’s elementary school was alive with a flurry of activity. More than 100 people pitched in to help kick off the school’s ecological transformation. The event was part of the Adopt a Blue Flag School project spearheaded by Del Mar Academy’s Jessica Sheffield who is in charge of the schools ecological initiatives

Bingo for a Cause

Spirits were high at Pancho’s Restaurant on Wednesday August 17th as friends, family and visitors gathered to show their support for Shanna Bombard. Six lively rounds of Bingo were played in order to raise funds for Shanna’s cancer treatment.

Special Profile Mother's Day
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Respect is key to contentment for Nicoyan mother of four generations

Simona Villegas Cortez is a mother to the superlative degree. She gave birth twelve times (six sons and six daughters) and has lived to see the birth of thirty grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and, last August, the birth of her first great-great-grandchild. Simona is content and proud to be the matriarch of such a large family because they all respect her and each other.

Fishing to Survive

It is 6 a.m. on a gloomy Pelada morning. Eliecer Lopez and Alejandro Mejia are trying to pull Chaday, their boat, into the ocean. Her old, blue body is having a hard time moving across the sand. After a few tries, finally she is by the water. Waves are slowly starting to hit her, yet they are not strong enough to embrace her.

Presidential House Responds –
Nosareños Peaceful March Cancelled

The peaceful march that was going to take place on July 25th in Nicoya was cancelled because, according to Marcos Avila, Nosara syndic, President Laura Chinchilla responded immediately to a letter sent at the end of the month of June by various local Development Associations.

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