Condition: Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT)
City, State: Grants Pass, OR
Club: Hidden Valley High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/04/2016
Klyde came into this world on a summer day on September 6, 2013. Young Klyde grew into a child that is “all boy.” He loves being a little cowboy and playing in the outdoors. After Klyde turned two, he started having scary bouts of uncontrollable vomiting, and he appeared to be quite lethargic.
Doctors ran several tests and discovered that little Klyde had a brain tumor. Diagnosis determined that Klyde has an extremely aggressive and rare disease. Doctors explained to Klyde’s family what challenges would come from this disease named Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT).
ATRT is a rare and fast-growing cancerous tumor of the brain and spinal cord, affecting major functions of the brain. It is typically found in fewer than 10% of children with brain tumors. Because ATRTs are fast-growing, symptoms usually progress rapidly in a short period of time.
Because of the rapid rate of which this form of cancer grows, Klyde has undergone a brain surgery that removed the entire tumor. He has also had surgery to install a Hickman line, has undergone 30 treatments of radiation, and has spent the last year receiving aggressive chemotherapy.
It has been quite an emotional ride for Klyde and his family. However, hope is not lost. To hear Klyde’s parents speak of their precious angel is to hear gratitude. Gratitude that against all odds Klyde has not lost his loving, captivating, and playful soul.
Klyde is an incredible little boy with an amazing personality. He has a fun and playful way of making you smile the moment you meet him. He loves superheroes, ninja turtles, the outdoors, and bike rides with his family.
According to his parents Klyde is “defying all the odds.” This precious little boy is adored by his family, friends, and community.
Klyde will be adopted as a Sparrow to Hidden Valley High School. Students at HVHS will work hard to raise money for Klyde through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.