Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumor on June 12th, 2012 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. After being transferred to NC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, Henry underwent brain surgery to attempt to remove the tumor. Due to complications with surgery the surgeons were only able to resect a small portion of the tumor. On June 26th the tumor was identified as an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT). Henry was transferred to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters to complete treatment. Due to the aggressive nature of this type of tumor treatment was started immediately.
Since the tournament last year, Henry completed his treatment protocol for ATRT which included five rounds of chemo, three of which were high dose chemo followed by stem cell transplants and 28 days of proton radiation therapy. Henry did well during treatment and the tumor showed no signs of new growth. He has had two MRIs since completion with results indicating a continued decrease in the size of the tumor. Henry will continue to receive an MRI every three months for the next two years to continue to monitor the tumor closely for possible growth and to make sure that the cancer does not spread to other areas of his body. The plan is to then monitor his tumor for increasing lengths of time. Henry has slowly been able to return to being a typical two year old with the removal of his CVL and NG tube. He has remained happy and outgoing through all of this while learning to adapt to the extraordinary changes in his life over the past year.
At this point Henry is still in recovery from the high dose chemotherapy that he received during his treatment. He receives speech therapy to address speech and feeding concerns, all results of the intense chemotherapy that he was given. Henry’s complete story and timeline of events over the past year can be followed by visiting www.carepages.com , and typing in SupportingParkerHodges in the search bar.
All proceeds will go to benefit the family of Henry to cover medical expenses. Annual future tournaments will continue to be held in Henry's name with proceeds going to a charity close to the Parker-Hodges family starting with next years event.