CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Christopher Teems looks so handsome in this recent picture. It’s hard to give this update on the 8-year-old in Gaston County. But as you guys know, I tell the good, the bad and the always real when it comes to #MollysKids, and Christopher’s family wanted everyone to know.
This week they got word his nasty DIPG brain tumor – diagnosed last year – has grown. Doctors took him off his chemo pills. It was also decided if he did more radiation, it’d do more harm than good.
So now the family is trying to get to the beach one final time, hopefully this month.
“It's breaking our hearts,” said his grandmother Janice Monroe. “He was doing so well late last year, but I guess with DIPG, that’s just how it goes because things change so fast.”
DIPG stands for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and is a tumor located in the middle of the brain stem. It is one of the most devastating types of brain tumors someone – often children – can have.
“The doctor said to let him do whatever he wants while he can, so we’re listening to that advice,” Janice said. “He’s happy, all things considered.”
Christopher lives with his 70-year-old great-grandmother, Blanch Teems. Both Blanch and Janice take care of Christopher. They live in the town of Stanley. They were all at our #MollysKids Christmas Party last December and are the sweetest people you could ever meet.
Big hug to not only Christopher, but also Blanche and Janice, and all who love him.
I’ll just say it simply: We need a cure.
Past posts on Christopher:
- Sept 23, 2018 >> http://tinyurl.com/Sept232018MKs
- Nov 20th >> https://tinyurl.com/FBChristopherTeemsMKs