Camila is a feisty, lovable, and confident 4-year-old who was diagnosed with an inoperable and fast-growing form of brain cancer known as DIPG at 17-months-old. Prior to diagnosis, Camila was a healthy toddler. She loved playing with her brother, Liam, and twin sister, Lucia, and still does. She enjoys running around outside, putting on makeup, going on grand adventures, coloring, and watching movies. Camila is extremely charismatic; she loves asking everyone she meets what their name is, and then after they respond, she always says, "That's a beautiful name!" Her outgoing personality and funny sense of humor bring such great joy to her loved ones.
Camila’s parents noticed seizure-like activity prompting a seizure workup. Following an MRI, Camila was diagnosed with DIPG. It was heartbreaking. Her parents did not want to affect her quality of life and decided not to move forward with any treatment options. At the time of diagnosis, Camila was given just months to live, but every month that goes by is a month that she has persevered. Camila went almost two and a half years symptom-free without any treatment. Throughout her illness, Camila continues to teach her family how to love, support others, and live in the moment. She is a bright shining star in the sea of despair that is DIPG.
Camila finished radiation treatments in March and has responded very well with substantial shrinkage of her tumor. She currently has a great quality of life. Funding for pediatric brain cancer research means everything to Camila and her family. Right now, her family is trying to navigate the next steps. Funding for research allows the best knowledge to come forth and allows Camila’s family to make the best decision for her. Without funding, families are forced to blindly guess what to do next.
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