Twins Diagnosed With Cancer Weeks After 16th B-day

Mason and Sierra turned 16 in May of 2020 when they couldn't go to school and social distancing measures were in place. During this time Mason developed a cough and was put on medication for what they believed was a bronchial infection. When he did not improve they went to the Children's hospital where more tests were done and he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma - a large inoperable mass compromising his lungs, heart, esophagus and carotid artery.

While at the hospital with Mason, his parents, Gordon and Sherri, were Facetiming his twin sister Sierra when she mentioned that she had a sore arm. A few days later she noticed a large mass on her neck. Sierra went in for tests and 8 days after Mason was diagnosed with cancer, Sierra was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and was admitted to the children's hospital as well. 

Due to the current rules and restrictions at hospitals and in general during this time, Gordon and Sherri both need to tend to the twins individually as they undergo chemotherapy. They also have an 11 year old daughter Brooklynn whose life has been turned upside-down.

Gordon and Sherri are unable to work as they support their twins through their cancer treatments while insuring Brooklynn's physical and emotional needs are also met. This comes with a great expense, emotionally and financially. Although the family will spend some time at Ronald McDonald House, living an hour and a half away from the Children's Hospital incurs many extras expenses. 

In the past few weeks, Gordon and Sherri have had to pay for nights at a hotel, extra fuel, meals, parking and medications that are not covered. They have also had extra expenses that come with providing devices for effective ways to communicate with one another as well as friends and family during this time. While living a modest lifestyle, the benefits that they will receive from EI will only cover a small percentage of their wages, with significant increase to their expenses.

The family thanks everyone for their continued prayers and support as they have a very long journey ahead of them. If you are unable to give financially, they ask that you please consider donating blood as that could also save their children's lives.

As the family says, "We're in it to win it!"



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Jody Arsenault 
Steinbach, MB
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