Grant was acting unlike himself and cringing when picked up, so his parents thought he might have a broken collar bone or cracked rib. On June 18, 2014, they took him in for an x-ray. While there was no break or fracture on the x-ray, there was something on the bone that could not be identified. Grant had bloodwork done, which came back with half the normal level of hemoglobin; he was very anemic.
Grant was immediately sent down to the children’s hospital for further tests. Based on the bloodwork and a spot on his arm, leukemia or bone cancer was suspected. On the morning of June 19, two-year-old Grant had an ultrasound that found a tumor attached to his adrenal gland. A subsequent bone marrow biopsy revealed that the primary tumor in his abdomen had spread to his lymph nodes, bones and bone marrow. He had stage 4 Neuroblastoma and was considered high risk.
Grant underwent almost two years of aggressive treatment including chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, two rounds of high dose MIBG radiation therapy and six rounds of immunotherapy. After a courageous battle, Grant passed away on March 28, 2016 at the age of four. He loved Spiderman, his siblings and his nurses.
Grant will forever live in our hearts and be part of the Rally family.