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After a diagnosis turns family upside down, assistance is provided for whirlwind treatment

Jordyn (center) and her brothers have returned to life as usual..
A flash decision had to be made by the parents of 3-year-old Jordyn Gourley: radiation treatments close to home or proton therapy more than 1,000 miles away. “We were told by another cancer family,‘You only get one chance to do this right, don’t ever look back and have any regrets,’” said Jordyn’s mother, Kim. “So I said, ‘We’re moving to Texas.’” Two days after Jordyn’s diagnosis, they planned to hop on a plane to the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, Texas. Up until Labor Day 2010, Jordyn usually slept quite soundly. However, after several consecutive sleepless nights, concerned parents Kim and Eric took her to the doctor several times trying to find out what was wrong. That Labor Day, Kim brought Jordyn to the emergency room after... Full article

Wisconsin family finds warmth in the Windy City

Amy High and Hunter Proton Therapy
Her son Hunter’s significant weight loss and debilitating headaches were signs of concern for Amy High. After numerous visits to emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, and an incorrect diagnosis of migraine headaches, an MRI revealed the cause of these troubling symptoms: medulloblastoma — a brain tumor — diagnosed in June 2013. Immediately after the diagnosis, 14-year-old Hunter was sent by ambulance to the... Full article