Austin Alonso, 2nd brain tumor surgery
Organized by: Sergio Daisy Alonso
#TEAMALONSO Austin’s second surgery is just around the corner! As 99% of you already know, Austin had his first brain surgery on 2/1/16. Second surgery is scheduled for 7/7/16. After having received so many requests on how you can help our family, The Alonso Family is gearing up to #Crowdrise some funds to help pay for his medical bills. If you are unable to donate, please extend your prayers, words of encouragement, and love to Austin. Here’s some info on his brain tumor: It’s a benign tumor – thank God. He's likely had it since birth or soon after. But it’s been growing all these years, and his head is running out of room! ikr? The first surgery took out a part of the tumor, but not enough and it’s still affecting his left side of his body (walking, fine motor skills, swallow). It can never be fully removed since it’s attached and growing through the brain stem (hoping radiation in the future will keep it manageable). This time he is going to #DukeUniversityHospital, where the best of the best brain tumor removal surgeons in the country (if not the world) perform the most complicated of brain surgeries. Here is where you can help: One of the surgeons is in our insurance network, but the other surgeon is NOT. That might get expensive. Any leftovers will go to getting Austin back on his feet; any possible therapy; back to USF; etc. Stay tuned....we have upcoming events you won’t want to miss!
Here is the more on the story, in case you like reading:
Austin Alonso was a 19 year old sophomore AFROTC at USF Tampa; worked with his dad @Reddy Ice in the summers; when his world turned upside down. On January 28, 2016, he was diagnosed with a large benign tumor at the base of the cerebellum that had wrapped around his brain stem. The tumor has gradually moved the brain stem significantly to the right over the years.
He originally thought he had had a stroke, because his left side was slowly failing him. His left stride while walking; writing with his hand (did you know he is left-handed?); and he was suffering severe headaches for months. He is a walking miracle today. Austin plans on going back to USF Tampa when he is well enough. Share this on your social media, and tell your grandparents, they’re prolly not on social media anyway.