In late October of 2021 as Damian was finishing cross country season and working out with his dad, we noticed his right foot began to not work correctly. This observation led to a series of tests, scans, MRI’s, doctor’s visits and culminating in brain surgery and a Biopsy at UVA. With each step, we learned more detail of the tumor and its properties. On December 17, 2021, we were informed that it was a high grade glioma. We then began treatment at Children’s National in DC. We feel very blessed to be able to use both hospitals and their doctors and staff. Through a collaborative effort of surgeons, neurologists, oncologists and anyone else we may have forgotten, the plan of standard radiation and a clinical trial (“Targeted Therapy”) began and Damian is in it today. Along the way, we have faced many difficult questions and complicated situations. Also, we have met many beautiful and encouraging people. When we visit the hospitals and see other children fighting their own battle against this disease, it opens our hearts and makes us want to fight more. Last Summer, Damian decided to help other children fighting cancer and began a fundraising campaign through Children’s National to raise awareness and money for pediatric brain tumor research. Damian continues to go to school and be as active and involved as he can be with the ups and downs of the medications. His faith and attitude are an inspiration to us all.