Have you ever known someone who can light up a room just by being in it? That describes a sweet, talented 14-year-old boy named Scott Meeker. Even though he has autism he “connects” with others and brings joy and love to those lucky enough to be a part of his world.
In August of this year Scott was diagnosed with two tumors – one on his pineal gland and another on his pituitary gland. Since his diagnosis, he has undergone brain surgery and finished 4 rounds of chemotherapy. But more treatment is required. In December, Scott is scheduled for 4-6 weeks of Proton Beam Radiation at Mass General in Boston, nearly 500 miles from his home in Virginia. Standard radiation “scatters” and can cause damage to tissue surrounding the tumor. Proton Beam Radiation is a more targeted form and lessens the chance of damaging vital brain tissue that would affect Scott’s short term memory, cognitive ability and executive functioning. Scott, his family, teachers, therapists and friends have all helped him persevere through these daily challenges so any type of setback would be heartbreaking.
Scott is very blessed to have a family that is always there for him - a crucial factor for his recovery. His parents, Doug and Beth, and sister, Katy, are remarkable people and, through it all, have managed to maintain their fun, silly senses of humor - a quality that endears them to all who know them. They are hardworking, compassionate and dedicated Loudoun County citizens; involved in many capacities including Loudoun Soccer, A Place to Be, Boy Scouts and they are ever-present volunteers at school events. They are admired for their ability to take on yet another challenge for their family and for the way they have guided their son (and brother) through something that is so difficult to explain to any 14-year-old let alone one with autism.
We’ve created “#ScottSquad” to show our loving support for Scott and his family. They will incur expenses traveling to and from Boston over the next year as well as expenses for long term therapies needed to get Scott through the physical and mental issues caused by chemo and radiation. Scott will also have to deal with long-term hormone issues with the diabetes insipidus that was triggered by the tumors on his pituitary gland.
Our goal is to help the Meekers with the enormous financial burden they are facing and, by doing so, minimize some of the stress so they can focus on taking care of each other.
They are overwhelmed and humbled by the generous donations and want to express their love and gratitude to everyone that’s reached out to them.
To quote Scott, "My tumors are shrinking. Thank you for all your gifts. I don't want you to be depressed, because I am your friend."
Thank you for all of your continued support!