Sean Roper's Fred Fighters!
Organized by: Sean and Melissa
In August 2015, Sean went in for surgery to remove a “benign” tumor from his brain. What they found even surprised the surgeon. Sean was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade tumor in the back of the brain. Through surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, they were able to remove the whole tumor. In order to be safe, Sean still needed to go through radiation and chemotherapy because it is characteristic of this type of tumor for single cancerous cells to break off into the brain and spinal fluid. There are no protocols for treatment for Sean because it is so rare for someone his age to have this type of tumor; they told us it was a 3 in a million chance. His cancer treatment team at Yale came up with the best plan they could; he went through 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment last year, and he is now in the beginning of his second round of chemotherapy treatment, which is expected to last about 6 months. While recovering from the surgery and going through treatments, Sean is unable to work. He still gets very dizzy and often cannot be around many people because he has such a high risk of getting sick. Before surgery, Sean jokingly named his tumor Fred, which led to the “Fred Fighters” and other slogans like “I am Beating Fred” (no offense to people named Fred). Sean is caring, helpful, and the most honest person you will ever meet. He is a very hard worker and always accomplishes what he sets out to do. He will fight this but he needs support! Please help Sean through this difficult time. All money raised will help the family with medical bills and expenses.
UPDATE* As of 4/29/16 we have been told that Sean is in FULL REMISSION!!! He still has a few more months of chemo but then we hope he will be done with this forever! Thank you so much for all of the support we have received and thank you to everyone who has donated!