The Heartbreak of Pediatric Cancer: Parents Share their Pictures and Stories

Sullivan Butler's 10-year-old life was interrupted by medulloblastoma

At 10 years old, Sullivan Butler was a very active child with diverse interests, ranging from Legos to triathlons. However, when he suddenly developed severe back pain, his parents became concerned enough to take him to see a doctor. Sullivan also began having bad headaches while in the emergency room, so his parents pushed for a CAT scan to find out what was wrong. Sadly, the news they received was devastating: Sullivan was diagnosed with a type of cancer known as medulloblastoma, which had spread to his spine. This led to a whirlwind of hospital visits as Sullivan was rushed into surgery to remove the tumor, followed by six months’ worth of radiation and chemotherapy.

In December, 2016, Sullivan regained the ability to walk, which he lost after the surgery to remove his spinal tumor. Since then, he has been making incredible strides towards physical rehabilitation, and his family hopes for his continued improvement.

Photo: Sullivan Butler