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Meet Our Hero, Kieran

May 27, 2021 | Hero

HOMETOWN: VALLEY, NE

DIAGNOSIS: PILOCYTIC ASTROCYTOMA

DATE OF DIAGNOSIS: 2020

CURRENT STATUS: STABLE

12-year-old Kieran Akerson, from Valley, Nebraska was diagnosed in late December 2020 with a brain tumor, WHO grade 1 pilocytic astrocytoma with a partially infiltrative growth pattern. He underwent an 11-hour resection surgery on January 13, 2021, and after several weeks of rehabilitation, he was able to go home. Kieran has been a wrestler since was five years old and is a multiple-time state champion. After being directly affected by childhood brain cancer and learning of the lack of funding and outdated treatments, Kieran’s family is organizing a large wrestling tournament in Omaha for November 2021 with funds benefiting Team Jack and their Brain Tumor Program at UNMC and Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. For information on the tournament, click here.

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