This year, approximately 4,300 children under the age of 20 will receive a brain tumor diagnosis, of which Astrocytoma is one of the three most common types. In February, 2014, one area teenager learned of his diagnosis. But, Skylor wasn’t going to let his malignant Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma tumor get the best of him. Because of the location of the tumor between the right and left ventricles of the brain, removal by surgery is too risky. So, Skylor underwent regular radiation and chemotherapy in recent months and will continue to visit Nationwide Children’s Hospital bi-weekly to track his progress. But, he is determined to beat this cancer!
Dot’s Tots Foundation learned of Skylor’s diagnosis and jumped into action. Through solicitation of donors and fundraising events, Dot’s Tots has been able to contribute nearly $30,000 to Skylor’s family to offset medical expenses, replace lost wages, and seed his college fund. The Foundation was also able to make for a special Sweet 16 birthday surprise when Skylor received a video message from his favorite musician, Tyler Joseph of 21 Pilots.
Skylor is an inspiration to many. And, we at the Dot’s Tots Foundation are blessed to be part of his journey.
A thank you message…
“The amount of appreciation that we have for Dot’s Tots Foundation is beyond words! Before we were even discharged from the hospital, the fundraising planning began and it really has taken a life of its own. It started as a website for donations and has grown to online t-shirt sales and community events! The proceeds from the events have helped us begin a college fund for Skylor, whose childhood dream of enlisting in the military after graduation came to a halt when “Tommie” [the tumor] decided to make an appearance in February 2014.
It truly gives us peace of mind, to know that once Skylor decides what he would like to pursue, we have the funds to help him make it happen. Without the love, support and fundraising efforts from Dot’s Tots Foundation and everyone involved, I don’t know where we’d be! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We will forever be grateful!” – Jannette – Lewis Center, Ohio (Skylor’s Mom)