Christopher Thompson (WRDW-TV)
News 12 First at Five / Thursday, September 12, 2013
GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW) -- “I'm Christopher and I'm 8,” introduced Christopher Thompson.
He’s a perfectly healthy-looking little boy.
“I like to ride my bike, I like to dance, I like to play my drums,” he listed.
But, underneath his contagious smile, is a potentially deadly brain tumor.
“This spot here is Christopher's tumor. It was on September 27, 2011. It measures 66.7mm by 34.9mm,” mother Elisha Thompson said as she pointed to an MRI scan.
Two years of extensive treatments left parents watching the tumor as it would temporarily shrink only to grow back. The latest news came just days ago.
“They give me it so the tumor can shrink, well this time the tumor didn't,” admitted Christopher.
It's a face that doesn't match the head scan. Now, the Thompsons are reaching their last hope.
“We basically hit a brick wall with treatment options. Our plan is now to continue chemo until November, pray that it works, and if it doesn't, they've talked to us about a 16 hour brain surgery,” his mother said.
But after 17 trips to and from Atlanta, and countless MRIs, chemo, and other drugs, the burden has become more than emotional.
“Financially it definitely puts a strain. I've had to quit work. Due to all the therapies, all the doctor's appointments,” Elisha said.
This summer, University Hospital started the Christopher Thompson Fund, a foundation to help support families of children with life threatening illnesses.
It’s a fun helping save lives now and hopefully generations to come.
“I want to see my children when I get older and have kids,” Christopher said.
University Hospital is having a barbecue tailgate benefit for the Christopher Thompson Fund next month.
It'll be on October 5th at the Knights of Columbus on Monte Sano Avenue in Augusta.
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