Brain cancer patient charts new treatment course for rare, lethal DIPG

Brain cancer patient charts new treatment course for rare, lethal DIPG

Jace Ward had one goal when he died of a brain tumor a year ago: to make the path easier for others. A year later, his mother still pursues that dream.

Lisa Ward’s son Jace has been gone for exactly a year now. But his impact on the care of children with brain cancer continues. Lisa is making sure of that.

Jace, of Wamego, Kansas, was 20 and a sophomore at Kansas State University when he was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, DIPG, a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer that usually strikes younger children. Affecting about 300 Americans a year, DIPG spreads its tentacles through the brainstem where functions like breathing and movement are controlled. 

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