This portion of the website is dedicated to patients and caregivers by allowing them to share their ependymoma stories.
This organization would never have been formed if it weren’t for amazing people like you. It is imperative to share information, as this is a core value of our foundation. Please, take time to read about some remarkable lives and if you feel comfortable, submit some insight into your own personal journey.
Ryan shares “I hope people learn to keep pushing and that it’s never too late. Even when I had cancer and I had to undergo my first surgery, we still kept hope and we never gave up. So keep believing and it's never too late.”
Fresh out of dental school, newly married, and in the best shape of his life, the last thing Kyle expected is was a cancer diagnosis. His story offers hope to others.
Tiffany shares important advice she has learned because of her brain tumor diagnosis. Despite facing multiple recurrences and undergoing numerous treatments, she uses her voice to advocate and spread awareness for the brain tumor community.
After battling ependymoma and a recurrence, Taylor is on a mission to be a voice, advocate, and friend to those who need it most fighting this disease.
A desperate mother in the UK fights for treatment options for her young adult daughter with spinal ependymoma. This remarkable story between care partners, the CERN foundation, medical providers and ependymoma experts shines a light on the importance of co
Leah was only 13 years old when she was diagnosed with ependymoma in her spine. Read her honest story of dealing with life after diagnosis. Leah’s experience inspired her to create a blog to share the realities of being a disabled woman living with pain.
Dontrell's mother, Charmaine, shares their story with an ependymoma diagnosis.
Ependymoma survivor, Molly, shares how music was a huge part of her recovery and life.
Ependymoma parent, Monica, shares her son’s ependymoma story and encouraging messages for other ependy parents.
Ependymoma survivor, Haruki and his parents, share tips for others with ependymoma.
Samarrah, a social worker and writer, launched a children’s picture book that helps families with a child who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor or other critical illness.
Since being diagnosed with an anaplastic ependymoma, Eric has dedicated his time and energy to giving back to kids and teens to put an end to child abuse, bullying, as well as life-threatening childhood illnesses.
Tamiko helps other parents navigate through their journey as the moderator for an online ependymoma parents support group.
As an ependymoma survivor for almost 30 years, Katy shares how she coped through treatments and how her life changed.
At age 11, Ian is sharing hope to the world and to those battling ependymoma that need an inspiration.
After Sofia slipped on the wet tile floor, doctors discovered a tumor located in her tailbone.
Chris' mother is determined to make a difference in his memory so she created Fighting Ependymoma that gives hope to children fighting ependymoma.
Burke shared his journey with ependymoma to patients and caregivers at the Ependymoma Awareness Day butterfly release on May 8, 2017.
Shawn’s mother writes a book, A Sippy Cup of Chemo, to help other brain tumor families travelling down the same path.
Henry’s mom shares a poem of the challenges faced when coping with an ependymoma and the importance of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
After falling on a playground at school, Sophia cried for days in pain. Doctors later discovered a tumor in her spine.
Blayne’s parents discovered a brain tumor when he was just a toddler. Now at age 20, he has overcome his treatment side effects.
Kylie’s blog, Sienna’s Hope, documents her daughters journey with anaplastic ependymoma. This has helped her cope, but she also wanted to share her blog with other families facing the same battles.
Doctors told Ava’s family that she had a brain mass and needed to have surgery. They discovered a grade III anaplastic ependymoma.
Ashley shares Ingram’s journey with anaplastic ependymoma to patients and caregivers at the 2015 Ependymoma Awareness Day.
With the lack of funding and more research needed for myxopapillary ependymoma, a mother decides awareness for this rare cancer.
When Emma was just 13-months-old, her pediatrician noticed a slight drooping on one side of her face, which was caused by an anaplastic ependymoma.
Adam, diagnosed with grade III ependymoma, wanted to help other kids that are going through similar experiences by shaving his head.
Sebastian, who was only 7-years-old, began complaining of headaches and vomiting. His mother, who also battled cancer, discovered her son had a grade II anaplastic posterior fossa ependymoma.
After Ethan was diagnosed with a posterior fossa ependymoma, his mother decided she can’t sit back and do nothing.
After Robert passed away from anaplastic ependymoma, his mom and family honour him by creating the RCD Foundation.
When Ethan was only one, his family noticed something wasn’t quite right. He was later diagnosed with grade 2 ependymoma in the posterior fossa.
Mandy, Morissa’s mom, went to numerous doctors to finally find out that her daughter was diagnosed with a spinal myxopapillary ependymoma.
Ian shares his sons story, Colin, who was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma at age two, during the 2013 Ependymoma Awareness Day.
Kimberly honors the memory of her son, Ryan, at the 2013 Ependymoma Awareness Day. Ryan was diagnosed with ependymoma in 2007 and sadly lost his battle on May 26, 2012.
Maisie was diagnosed with supratentorial anaplastic ependymoma at the age of three. She has no idea how strong she really was and still is to this day.
Hannah doesn’t dwell on that past and believes that God put her on this earth for a reason, diagnosed with ependymoma at age four.
When life gave Shelby lemons, she made lemonade and shared its sweetness with everyone she knew. She was diagnosed with grade III ependymoma at one.
Julie shares her advice and experiences as a mother of Ivory, diagnosed with grade II ependymoma.
After Zsila was diagnosed with grade II ependymoma in 1994, she decided to give back and become a Pediatric Neoro-Oncologist.
Sue, Julia’s mother, shares her advice and experiences that she has learned from her daughter’s battle with ependymoma.
Eric delivers a speech at the 2012 Ependymoma Awareness Day butterfly release to honor his daughter, Kayla, who passed away at the age of 12 after battling ependymoma.
Mei Lai shares her story about her daughter, Minty, who was diagnosed with malignant anaplastic ependymoma.