Voices Against Brain Cancer Releases Statement Commending Young Cancer Patient’s Determination to Bring Holiday Spirit to Others

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Following reports by The Huffington Post of a young brain cancer patient’s efforts to bring the Halloween spirit to sick children, Voices Against Brain Cancer offers a response.

Today, nonprofit organization, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC), released a statement following reports by The Huffington Post of a young brain cancer patient’s efforts to bring the Halloween spirit to sick children.

According to article’s author, Toan Lam, “Six-year-old Nico Castro from San Bruno, Calif., isn't letting his battle with brain cancer affect his spirit of giving this Halloween.” The article states that Castro’s doctors told him that he would not have to remain in the hospital for the holiday; however, the six-year-old was concerned with the other young cancer patients who would not be permitted out to trick-or treat.

“Nico knows what it feels like to have to sit on the sidelines during the holidays. Last November, instead of celebrating, he was in the hospital, too ill to take part in the festivities. He was diagnosed medulloblastoma, cancer of the cerebellum. But during this scary time, all he could think about was if he would be healthy enough to celebrate his favorite holiday – Halloween,” The Huffington Post reports. The article states that the Castro family understood the difficulties in purchasing costumes and candy for the numerous children on their own but continued to plan a costume drive. The article reports that the Castros have gathered over 130 costumes, new and used, along with other Halloween items to give to the children still in the hospital. Additionally, “The community has pitched in to offset some of the medical costs. More than $1,200 has trickled in.”

VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, states, “The efforts of Nico Castro are nothing short of inspiring. As a young child battling this devastating disease, his determination to put the needs of others first is just one more reason why we believe it’s so important to continue conducting research and raising awareness to support anyone suffering from this diagnosis.”

VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.

VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.

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