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By Andi Bourne

Scientists Take Steps Towards a Cure for DIPG with Trevinos' Help


April 19, 2018

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Three-year-old Addy Trevino was diagnosed with and inoperable brain tumor last June. Cells from her biopsy prior to radiation and chemotherapy were donated to research. Addy's cells now make up the first working models of lab-grown DIPG tumors in the world.

SEATTLE, WASH. - "I had never, at any point in my medical training, sat in a room where at the same time you tell a patient they have a diagnosis, you also tell them they will definitively die from that diagnosis."

This was Dr. Nicholas Vitanza's memory of meeting his first patient with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain tumor found in children. As a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Seattle's Children's Hospital, he has since delivered the same message to many more patients diagnosed with DIPG.

Now, one of his current patients, Addy Trevino from Seeley Lake, Mont., o...

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krontapps writes:

Addy and family WOW so very proud of all of you. I thank you from the bottem of my heart. How many children and families you may save. I had never heard of this particular disease before, sounds like a monster to me. Addy you are my hero!! My prayers will always be with you. Hey can I have your auto graph. Love to you a fan Karla Richardson. My address is 1 Broadway S. #304. TACOMA, Washington. 98402. I will send you a surprise in return for your autograph. Can you send me your address maybe we can become friends..


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