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These are the stories of some of the brave children who have been impacted by pediatric brain cancer, especially DIPG. While this represents just a small sample of the amazing, courageous children who are battling or have battled this disease, the descriptions share common characteristics and paint a vivid, honest picture of how pediatric brain cancer affects children and their families. These precious children are the reason we must continue to fight for a cure.

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Payton Slaymaker

Payton’s Story Payton Slaymaker was a kind and gentle 8-year-old from Claypool, Indiana, known for…
July 13, 2022

Kenzie Scoggins

December 17, 2016 — September 18, 2022 Last December, Meghan Scoggins noticed her 5-year-old daughter,…
June 9, 2022

Lilian Blackman

Lilian Blackman Lilian Blackman is a sweet, smart 5-year-old from North Carolina. She’s independent and…
June 1, 2022

Austin Nichols

Austin Nichols April 26, 1989 – November 23, 2015       Austin exuded a…
March 8, 2022
Mattie Jackson

Mattie Jean Jackson

#mattiesjourney November 5, 2009 – April 10, 2021 Mattie Jean Jackson, of Chula Vista, California…
November 18, 2021

Elita Basha

Team Elita   Elita Basha was just 9 years old when her precious life was…
November 17, 2021

Londyn Buss

Londyn Buss Londyn Buss has always danced to her own tune. Just a few months…
November 12, 2021