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A Tribute in Honour of
Braden Leaney


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Our Story

On December 2, 2016 my wife and I read the most frightening words of our lives: Suprasellar Malignant Germ Cell Tumor.  It was a diagnosis for our nine-year-old son Braden. In layman’s terms, cancerous brain tumor. As parents, this was our worst nightmare; for Braden it was terrifying.                     

 

What had started with Braden complaining about not being able to see properly, quickly turned into a complex medical journey that continues to this day. Thankfully, Braden is still with us and getting stronger every day.  

 

Throughout this ordeal what has given us courage and strength more than anything is the outstanding team of people that work at BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH). Their professionalism, care, and compassion cannot be commended enough. When it came to Braden’s diagnosis, they left us confident that they had left no stone unturned. We are eternally grateful to every person who helped to save Braden’s life and cared for him so well.   

 

For our family, thank you simply does not seem like enough; and perhaps nothing will ever feel like enough. How do you repay people for saving your son’s life? His life, as with all children, is priceless. The only thing we can do is give back to BCCH so they can continue to save the lives of children and provide important medical care to our kids. With every dollar raised you are not only helping countless children, but also helping us say thank you again and again. 

Donations of any amount are all appreciated. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for supporting BCCH; it means the world to us!

 

Brad Leaney and Family

 

 

THE DIAGNOSIS

In November 2016, just six weeks after his ninth birthday, Braden started to experience dizzy spells and headaches. He told his mom and me that he could not recognize kids’ faces at the opposite end of the gymnasium. Since both his mom and sister wear glasses, we thought he must need them too. When we took Braden for an eye exam, the optometrist was horrified how much Braden's eyesight had deteriorated since his last exam. He was so concerned he advised us to take Braden to BC Children's Hospital immediately.

We followed his advice and within an hour of arriving at the hospital they had done a CT scan and advised us that our son had a brain tumor. Because we had discovered it early, the they were optimistic; the tumor was relatively small. I suppose however, that depends on how you define small, as it turned out to be the size of a golf ball! It was difficult to comprehend; Braden didn’t appear sick.

The team at BCCH move incredibly fast. They understand that time is of the essence when it comes to diagnosis and treatment, so they are sure not to waste any. Their early plan was to remove the tumor and they had already started to gather a surgical team. However, after more tests which revealed that Braden had no peripheral vision and that the tumor had damaged is pituitary gland, the oncologists decided it was best to shrink the tumor before trying to remove it.

Initially the doctors thought Braden had a non-cancerous germ cell tumour, but it turns out they were wrong. When they discovered it was cancerous, they immediately installed a chemotherapy port in his chest and gathered a sample of spinal fluid. Thankfully, there were no cancer cells present in his spinal fluid, so now it was time to set his course of treatment. 

Doctors from BCCH as well as ones in Seattle and Toronto helped develop his treatment plan. Braden's treatment would include six cycles of chemotherapy with each one lasting three weeks. The doctors would then look at the results to determine if surgery would be required to remove what remained. Afterwards, Braden would require six weeks of radiation.

Our sweet, kind-hearted son was terrified. He loves sports, riding his bike and hanging with his friends and it was so tough to see him unable to participate in all the things he enjoys. But despite his fear, he was going to teach us all just how tough he really is.

Help other kids with their fight and donate to the BCCH Foundation.

 

CHEMOTHERAPY

Braden began chemotherapy at the beginning of December 2016. Chemotherapy is a weird thing; it is meant to save lives, but the nurses arrived in hazmat suits to administer the drugs. It is toxic. All of Braden’s hair quickly fell out. He was overcome by nausea; at one time he was on four different types of anti-nausea medication. He took a bucket with him everywhere he went. During one cycle of chemotherapy, he threw up 70 times! But not once did he miss the bucket! After each dose of chemo, injections to boost white blood cells were necessary for the next seven days. Braden's blood was constantly being tested; sometimes it was three times a day. Blood transfusions were also sometimes required.  At ten years old Braden’s weight was reduced to fifty pounds. 

As always, the staff at BCCH went the extra mile. One night when it snowed the hospital staff went outside and built snowmen for the children to see out their windows when they woke. We were worried Braden might not make it home for Christmas, but he did. It was a difficult journey home as Braden was throwing up blood and the city had not plowed the snow in our cul de sac so we couldn’t get Braden out of the car. I had to contact the city to have them come and plow our street for us; but we were grateful to all be at home together for Christmas. 

Help more kids go home for Christmas and donate to the BCCH Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Thank-You Scroll

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  • $50.00
    From Marlene Peters

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $100.00
    From Anne Leaney

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • From Adrien Caldwell

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • From Helen Ramsay

    in Honour of

  • $75.00
    From Mr & Mrs Ho

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $250.00
    From Paul Changfoot

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $100.00
    From Albert Benning

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $100.00
    From Peter Skinder

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • From Mervyn Espadero

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $25.00
    From Sarah Simmons

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $50.00
    From stefano ropele

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $50.00
    From Louise Routledge

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

  • $100.00
    From Greg Axford

    in Honour of Braden Leaney

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