Imagine An Answer exists because our son, Clay, was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was just 3 years old. Until that terrible day there was no indication that he was anything but a typical toddler.
Since then, we have witnessed firsthand the devastation this disease inflicts on patients and their families:
- Outdated, ineffective treatments that rob the patient of a decent quality of life
- Around-the-calendar MRIs and blood tests
- A decreased immune system that makes the patient more susceptible to an array of other illnesses, and
- A myriad of painful and debilitating side effects including cognitive, psychological, and social impacts in addition to the typical medical side effects like nausea, balance issues, constipation, muscle weakness, and hormone imbalances.
This never-ending cycle of tests, treatments and time spent recovering from surgeries deprives diagnosed children of their childhood.
We have watched our son suffer through this disease for over 10 years. Most devastating of all, we could not stop the tumor from taking his eyesight when he was almost 7 years old. This disease is relentless.
We need an answer.
Imagine an Answer.
Thank you for coming to our cause, and for putting your efforts towards helping us make real progress. A step in the right direction can be life-altering for a child with this disease.
– Mary & J.D. Derderian