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This is the Taylor Musser Ependymoma fund. The funds will be used for Tay's high medical costs and related expenses not covered by insurance

On April 18, 2012 Katie Musser took her son Taylor (affectionately known as "Tay") to the ER after his persistent complaints of headaches. Doctors had originally wrote Tay's complaints off as a virus or allergies. Katie insisted on a CT scan. Much to everyone's shock, the scan showed a large tumor in his brain, which was later described to be the size of a lemon (approx 7cm). He was taken by ambulance to Children's hospital to run further tests. A week later, Taylor underwent surgery to remove the entire tumor. The diagnosis of the tumor was Ependymoma, grade 2. A rare brain tumor only about 120 children are diagnosed with per year. The chances of getting an Ependymoma would be about the same chance you would have of winning the lottery - it's that rare. Which also makes it harder to diagnose and treat. Currently they are running more tests on Tay to see if any of the cells have spread to the spine and also getting another opinion because of how rare it is.He may receive further treatment in Boston or Philadelphia or be closely monitored by MRI every 4 months for the next three years and then 1-2 times a year for a total of ten. Some doctors consider 5 years of being tumor free being in remission from Ependymoma.
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