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18 March 2016

Preparing to Say Goodbye to Gordon

Gordon Kennedy remains in palliative care at the Flames
Rotary House.
"This is probably one of the saddest stories we have ever seen. This little baby, born on Valentine's Day this year, has glioblastoma. He is possibly the youngest ever diagnosed with GBM. From the hospice, the family have made this call for more research into childhood brain cancer... We are sincerely grateful to them for turning their tragedy into something so positive and hope that their vision of a future free of brain tumours comes true, sooner, not later." (Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada).

Preparing to say goodbye to Gordon

by Ryan White , Reporter/Producer, calgaryctvnews.ca, 16 March 2016
@CTVRyanWhite

Parents of one month old boy call for additional research into childhood brain cancer as they prepare to say goodbye. Kathy Le reports.

One month after the arrival of their son, a Calgary family is spending their days at the Flames Rotary House preparing to face the inevitable.

Gordon Kennedy was born on February 14, weighing a healthy 6 lbs. 9 oz. The newborn passed all medical tests with flying colours and was given a clean bill of health.



Prior to Gordon’s fourth check-up, his mother, Jerfield Bahaya, noticed Gordon’s head had grown abnormally large.

Bahaya’s concerns proved well placed and Gordon was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a rare brain cancer usually found in adults. Only three per cent of children diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme survive.

Less than two weeks after the diagnosis, Gordon’s health deteriorated and he was removed from life support.

“It’s terminal,” said Gordon’s father Joshua. “There’s nothing they can do.”

The family says they're cherishing every moment they have with their infant son.

“Really there’s no definite cause of it which makes it really hard,” said Bahaya. “We just want to spread the awareness so that no other family will go through this heartache that we’re going through right now.”

Gordon’s parents have created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for brain tumour research in the hopes of bringing an end to cancer.

http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/preparing-to-say-goodbye-to-gordon-1.2820606

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