Helping Montana Families with a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis
Owen is a happy baby boy who loves to play with his big brother. He enjoys snacking on chips, playing with cars and watching his favorite show, Blippi.
In July of 2020, two weeks after Owen’s 1st birthday, he became very lethargic and sick. Our family received the worst news during an MRI at Great Falls emergency room. There is a tumor in Owen’s brain.
The tumor was large enough to have created hydrocephalus- in which he underwent an emergency draining procedure before he was flew to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Upon arrival he went through several other surgeries including a shunt placement, tumor debulk, and port placement.
The official name of his tumor is an optic pathway glioma. His optic nerves grew right through the tumor, making it inoperable. He will have this tumor for the rest of his life.
We spent a little over a month in Seattle while he healed from surgeries and started his chemotherapy treatments. Thankfully, we were able to move home to Browning Montana and continue his treatments in Kalispell. We travel two hours through the pass at least once a week to attend all of his therapies. We also fly back to Seattle for his quarterly MRI’s.
It has been a tough year but Owen has always maintained a smile and strength like no other. He inspires us every day!
I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Park High School's
Take to Heart
the Little Art
A huge thank you to Sam Fry for raising $100 for The Payden Memorial Foundation through Park High School's Take to Heart the Little Art project.
"I selected this non-profit because they are a great foundation with an even greater cause – helping Montana families that have children diagnosed with cancer.” — Sam Fry