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Family seeks help after 10-year-old Southern California boy diagnosed with rare brain cancer

Jas Kang and Jennifer McGraw

6 hours ago

A Riverside County mother is hoping to get help from the public after her 10-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer.

Sebastian Guerra fell ill and discovered he had a rare cancer on his 10th birthday in January.


“I’m just surprised I have brain cancer,” the boy told KTLA 5’s Jennifer McGraw. “I don’t think anyone knows how I got it.”

Guerra was diagnosed with diffuse midline glioma, which is the most aggressive type of brain cancer. The tumors are central nervous system based, meaning they start in the brain or spinal cord, according to the National Cancer Institute.

NCI data shows that about 577 people are diagnosed each year nationwide. Children with diffuse midline glioma typically have a survival rate of one to two years.

Guerra’s mother, Katherine Mosier, says the family is doing everything they can to provide proper care for the boy. The only option available to them is radiotherapy.

Mosier is baffled by the amount of fight and patience her son shows throughout treatment.

“Every day, 30 times, sit still so we can treat him,” she said. “He never complained, he just said, ‘I can do it.'”

Mosier adds that it was difficult for her to watch her child go through this serious health issue.

“There are times in this journey where, as a parent, you feel like you have no control,” Mosier said. “It’s very difficult.”

In addition to radiation therapy, Guerra is also undergoing a clinical trial to try to shrink the tumor. The family hopes the trial will buy them a little more time and the cancer will go into remission.

Mosier says the financial burden has been heavy.

“Our government funding only provides 4% of funding for all pediatric cancers,” she said. “And only about 1% goes to pediatric brain tumors. »

Mosier adds that a lack of funding has led to a decrease in the number of clinical trials available to anyone diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer.

Guerra has remained strong throughout treatments and tries to remain optimistic about his health.

“I hope Jesus fixes my brain,” Guerra said.

The family started an online fundraiser to help pay for Guerra’s medical bills and treatment.

News Source : ktla.com
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