Jace Ward had one goal when he died of a brain tumor a year ago: to ease the way for others. A year later, her mother is still pursuing that dream.
Lisa Ward’s son, Jace, has been gone for exactly a year now. But his impact on caring for children with brain cancer continues. Lisa makes sure of that.
Jace, from Wamego, Kansas, was 20 and a sophomore at Kansas State University when he was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, DIPG, a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer that typically strikes young children. . Affecting about 300 Americans a year, DIPG extends its tentacles through the brainstem where functions such as breathing and movement are controlled.