Meet our 2017 featured patient, Mason
Mason Gordon was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of seven. Masons’ clinical diagnosis is Grade 1 Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma, a brain tumor that occurs most often in children and young adults. The tumor resulted in hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain); and doctors successfully place three shunts inside Mason's brain to divert the fluid.
Mason’s brain tumor is inoperable due to its location on the optical nerve and adjacent to his pituitary gland and basilar artery. His initial treatment involved chemotherapy to prevent the tumor from growing. Thus far, he has been treated with three unique chemotherapy protocols; and in February 2015, he received a human growth hormone treatment due to pituitary gland dysfunction.
Unfortunately over the past year, after demonstrating signs of brain trauma, Mason required several brain surgeries due to shunt malfunctions. In September, Masons’ shunts were converted to external drains and he spent time in the pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Mason underwent 7 weeks of proton radiation treatment in the fall/winter 2016/2017. At his last MRI May 2017 his tumor has started to decrease in size.
Mason lives with his mother Lindsey and sister Greta in Kirkland, Washington. Friends and family refer to them as “The “Gordon Trio.” His family remains truly grateful, amazed and inspired by the kind and loving friends in their community.