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HOMETOWN: NORTH PLATTE, NE

DIAGNOSIS: MEDULLOBLASTOMA

DATE OF DIAGNOSIS: 2015

CURRENT STATUS: IN TREATMENT 

Grady Simants, 12 year-old from North Platte, Nebraska, has been fighting brain cancer since March of 2015. It was then that he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. Grady’s tumor is a combination of subtypes 3 and 4, which are the least studied of the four subtypes.

After undergoing resection surgery to remove the tumor, Grady had to do extensive rehab as he had suffered a stroke during the surgery and was unable to eat, walk or talk. Following rehab, Grady went through eight weeks of radiation as well as one year of monthly inpatient stays for chemotherapy.

In July of 2016, Grady was declared cancer free, which he enjoyed for a little more than two years.

In September of 2018, Grady’s scans had changed. After watching the spots for the next six months, Grady and his family learned that his cancer had returned to his brain and had metastasized to his spine. Grady had a second resection surgery then began treating in Memphis, Tennessee at St. Jude’s Research Hospital. While they had a positive experience at St. Jude’s the Simants longed to be closer to home for treatment.

Beginning, in the spring of 2020, Grady has been receiving treatments in Omaha as part of a clinical trial and is holding his own. He continues to love to do all the things other kids his age do, but he is limited in many aspects.

To make a donation to fund child brain cancer research in honor of Grady and his fight, click the red donate button at the top of the page.