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12-year-old Lydia Mertin was diagnosed with a primitive neuroectodermal tumor in December 2014. The tumor, the size of a large plum, caused severe headaches, vomiting and a weakened right side.
Lydia and her mother, Loreli, now live two hours away from their home in Arkansas so that Lydia can receive necessary treatment. Lydia’s dad cares for her two younger siblings at home.
To get through the rough days, Loreli says that sometimes she has to “cry in the shower.” She said raising awareness about childhood brain tumors is key to one day finding a cure.
“It just doesn’t seem like there’s enough [research],” Loreli says. “You would think with something this hard to treat, there would be more resources.”
Lydia is now undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. She’s had to put aside activities she once enjoyed, like managing her school’s basketball team. But one day she hopes to make it back to school with her friends and become a cheerleader.
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