The next day on February 2, 2021, the hearts of our entire family were shattered when he was diagnosed with an exceedingly rare pediatric brain tumor - known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG tumors are highly aggressive and inoperable tumors - for which there is currently no cure.
Jett is the third of five children in his family. He is a one of a kind, sweet, caring, and a generous four year old, who loves playing with his brothers Cruz and Boh, sisters Lola and Bella and his many cousins. Jett has aspirations to one day become a police officer.
Late last year after his beloved Gido (Grandfather) had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy – Jett volunteered to shave his own head in support of his Gido so that his Gido, “would not be alone in the fight.” We could have never fathomed at that time that only a few short months later that our precious Jett would himself – suffer such an unimaginable diagnosis.
This has been an incredibly devastating time for Jett’s parents – Manny and Larisa (nee: Hawryluk). They have taken immediate leaves from their employment to focus the entirety of their efforts on Jett and his care and treatment. Jett’s radiation treatment began on Thursday February 11, 2021 and is expected to run for the next several weeks.
Manny and Larisa are scouring the globe for clinical trials to assist Jett in his fight against DIPG. There appears to be some opportunities for clinical trials that Jett may be eligible for following his radiation treatment. Pursuing any and all opportunities to assist Jett and his family is our utmost priority.
We want to do everything possible to ease the financial burden going forward for Manny and Larisa during this extremely difficult time. Fundraising efforts will be focused on assisting with household, childcare, travel and meal expenses – in addition to other supports they will require. Any contribution you have to offer to this GoFundMe campaign for our beautiful nephew Jett and his family would be greatly appreciated.
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