UPDATE : WILLS HODGKINSON
As some of you may know, sadly, Wills has suffered a relapse of his condition.
This news was unexpected. He had was finally getting back to a daily routine following the disruption of last year and, ironically, the news came on the 1 yr anniversary of the end of his original treatment.
I am back at Vancouver Children’s Hospital/ Ronald McDonald House and have been told to prepare for a prolonged stay.
Wills has already been through further testing providing better insight into the nature of his relapse. Unfortunately, scans indicate that there are two large tumors effecting the left lung in the same position as earlier tumors. However, MRI testing has indicated that his abdomen and lymph nodes are clear of any cancerous tissue at this time.
As far as treatment is concerned, he underwent surgery on Friday 20th December to remove the smaller tumor and a biopsy is being conducted to provide insight into how aggressive the cancer is and the extent of his fight ahead. Results of that should be back on the 23rd of December (or Christmas Eve itself) but ultimately Chemotherapy will reveal how treatable the cancer is and those results will come at the end of February.
Chemotherapy will begin on December 30th and we have been advised that it will be far more intense than previously. As the 'regime' will considerably deplete his bone marrow Wills will undergo "Stem Cell Infusion" to boost his immune system. However, if the biopsy identifies a different type of cancer the current plan will likely change.
As for Wills himself, he is in good spirits for the most part, as most of you who know him would expect and I remain hopeful of a positive outcome despite the considerable challenges ahead.
Naturally, I have been forced to 'drop everything' once again in order to be with my son through this latest ordeal and a "fighting fund" has been started to try to support all efforts: both medical and domestic.
Donations would be very, very gratefully accepted at this time and I would like to thank anyone who feels they can help in whatever way, large or small at this difficult time.
Support for Wills can be made via the following platforms:
GoFundMe.com (Canadian donations only):
FaceBook.com (Canadian and overseas donations):
Organizations and companies are urgently encouraged to support Wills and help those like him through the Wilms Cancer Foundation at:
I would like to thank Vancouver Children's Hospitals specialist teams at the Tech Acute Centre for all of the support and incredible professionalism they show.
THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH TO EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING MY SON.
- Colleen Mckay
- Eloise Nymeyer
- Jeff Tan
Friends of Wills