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Mason, a DCHS football safety and wide receiver and fishing team member, was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma, a rare and potent type of brain cancer, this past fall.

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According to a written account from his mother, a progression of neurological symptoms resulted in Mason collapsing at home one October day and losing movement on the right side of his body. The following day, his father took him to an emergency room and an MRI found a blood clot on the teen’s brain.

He was then transported to Children Healthcare of Atlanta’s Scottish Rite hospital. Three weeks of testing did not reveal what had caused the blood clot. After weeks of inpatient therapy, Mason was released to go home and was scheduled to continue a day rehab program with the hospital.

Two weeks after that, the teen began experiencing headaches that got progressively worse. Mason was taken in for an emergency MRI on Nov. 24, which revealed a tumor on the teen’s brain that had grown so aggressively it was now visible in imaging.

Doctors were unsure about what type of tumor it was, but they went ahead and scheduled surgery to remove it within the coming week, according to the earlier DCN article.

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While his mother initially went home to prepare for Thanksgiving, plans changed later that night after Mason began vomiting, lost his speech and became unresponsive. Thanksgiving morning, he had emergency surgery to relieve swelling, followed by another surgery to control bleeding from a brain bleed.

Then on Nov. 29, Mason had a third surgery to remove the brain tumor. During that time, his parents and three sisters were there to support him.

“The way his (Mason’s) dad explained it to me, the cancer has grown like a plant,” said family friend and Mason’s former coach, Mike McCarthy. “With cancer in other parts of the body, you can take the top and the roots…but because it’s on his brain, they were only able to take the parts could see and the roots are [still] in his brain.”

Even though Mason still had to do radiation and chemotherapy because of the cancer’s aggressiveness, Alison began researching and contacting other connections about possible alternatives. She previously worked for a natural health doctor that treated cancer patients. A family member told Alison that her boss had a daughter receiving treatment at the Seraph Research Institute in Los Angeles, California. Mom reached out to that person, who guided her “in all the right directions.”

“This was a God thing! He has led us here! I just know it,” said Alison.

The treatment sought by his family is called natural killer cell therapy with dendritic cell therapy.

Alison explained that during the procedure, cells are taken from a healthy immune system and then infused into a patient’s body, ideally tricking the person’s immune system to fight the cancer.

If Mason is able to get the therapy, she’s optimistic about the potential results. In a medical study, a 36-year-old male with two grade 4 Glioblastoma tumors, the same kind of cancer as Mason. The man was given a prognosis of six months after doctors were unable to remove the tumors.

After starting the new therapy at Seraph Research Institute, the man’s tumors were eliminated, and he is now two and-a-half years cancer free.

Mason’s parents hope their son is able to start the treatment and have radiation and chemotherapy as a backup option. So far, Mason has undergone six weeks of radiation and he just started chemotherapy. He has also taken supplements and had acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and physical therapy treatments to address his symptoms.

“We want to make sure Mason gets the best care possible, and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing,” McCarthy said of the fundraiser. “This is a small town and community, so we’re just trying to do what we can.”

“I believe God will provide the funds if that’s where he’s meant to be,” Alison added. “I want to raise awareness about this rare type of cancer, and I want him (Mason) to have a testimony and show that there is hope for [beating] it.”

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