By Sanford Children's Hospital

When Evan Todd began limping and complaining of hip pain, his family took him in to the doctor. Tests showed high levels of inflammation and fluid in his hip, so he was told to take Tylenol and rest up. Unfortunately, that wasn’t doing the trick. They took him back in and further testing showed an abnormality in his bone marrow and even more inflammation. Doctors ordered an MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound, thinking it was a bone infection. Unfortunately it was something much worse.

Evan has a mass on one of his kidneys that is intertwined in his spleen. Evan endured a year of chemotherapy, which reduced the size of his tumor from a pancake to an egg, allowing doctors to remove much of the tumor. He then underwent a bone marrow transplant and has since started going back to school and enjoying being “normal” as much as possible.

Unfortunately after a very short remission period, in June of 2016, Evan’s cancer came back with a vengeance. He now has three masses on his brain and is undergoing treatment to shrink the tumors that are again invading his little body.