Aidan's Avengers (formerly Army)

For: Aidan J. Dunion
Organizer: Family & Friends
$16,340
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 198 donors
81% Complete
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The Story

One month prior to Aidan turning 4, he was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable brain stem tumor, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). He courageously completed 30 days of radiation at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)and as a result had significant tumor reduction, but since we knew this was NOT a cure, he was enrolled in a clinical study in Pittsburgh, PA.  Aidan, along with his parents, traveled to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital every 3 weeks to receive a trial vaccine and MRIs. (The goal of the vaccine is to teach the body to attack the tumor cells.)  

The family has now made it their mission to help educate families on the ALARMING childhood cancer statistics while raising money for more research. It is thanks to foundations like Alex’s Lemonade Standthat Aidan’s clinical trial was available to Aidan.

Aidan inspired us DAILY with his constant bravery, he is a true Superhero to SO MANY people.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 18, 2014

Posted on August 18, 2014

Our little superhero gained his angel wings earlier this afternoon. He transitioned peacefully surrounded by so much love. He fought this monster known as DIPG for over 10 months with courage & bravery. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Aidan was a loving, endearing and joyful boy and will be dearly missed. Thank you all for your prayers, support and positive energy!  with love, Mom and Dad

Posted on August 8, 2014

Posted on August 8, 2014

It's been a while since we posted an update - it's been difficult to find the right words to share. As you know, Aidan no longer qualified for the Pittsburgh vaccine trial since it was determined that his tumor was growing again. Unfortunately, this has left us with very few options - trial drugs wouldn't be safe to administer to Aidan based on his current state. It was important to us to bringAidan home where he's comfortable, feels safe and surround him with Love, Laughter, & Joy.

We will not give up HOPE - we started a new treatment with various Essential Oils that we administer at home, we started changing Aidan's diet, but he's unable to swallow to eat now. This disease may have taken Aidan's mobility, his voice, his body, BUT Aidan continues to AMAZE us with his courage and strength. Aidan can't control his facial expressions or muscles, but we can still get a NATURAL SMILE from him when we pull out the Redi-Whip. He may not be able to show much emotion; however, he can get chuckling watching Spongebob or hearing his brother be a goof. He may not be able to sing, but we can hear him singing in his head to Frozenand just by looking into his eyes - we know what he is saying to us...sometimes its "I love you" and sometimes it's "will you stop fussing mom and dad!"

Watching his strength - gives usthe strength to never ever give up (NEGU). And we ask you to do the same and please continue include Aidan and our family in your prayers.

Posted on March 30, 2014

Posted on March 30, 2014

We are filled with appreciation and joy after Monday's MRI. The Dr is happy with Aidan's progress and they continue to believe the vaccine is working. The MRI looked better than the last one 4 weeks ago. We will continue to use a very small dose of steroids to manage the swelling in the brainstem (again they believe the swelling to be pseudo-progression-a result of the vaccine attacking the bad cells). Overall, considering the type of brain cancer Aidan has, we are hopeful with the results to date.

Please know that ALL prayers and positive energy are making their way to Aidan!! Thank you and please continue to keep Aidan in your prayers.

— feeling hopeful.

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