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Michael August Gates

A place of hope and support for Michael's battle with an ependymoma brain tumor

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Back to school

Hi there,

Back to school like they just don't care, haha! Michael and April are back at the homework routine. Michael started back last Thursday, what?? He has been a bit tired, but is hanging in there. Junior high is overwhelming right now, but we have such wonderful support and help from everyone at St. Philip to get through these first couple months.

We have sent Michael's tumor sample off for a couple screenings. One for screening any genetic markers that is being done at CHLA. The other is checking to see if he qualifies for a new biological drug trial through UCSF. We should know more in a week or so. Keep praying that we will find a new targeted drug for treatment.

On September 24th, we are celebrating Michael's 10 years as a survivor by participating in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Starry Night 5K at Griffith Park. Join us there or donate online by visiting our team page here:
We'd love to see you there!

Colleen, Steve, Michael and April

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