David Dingman-Grover, who named his grapefruit-sized brain tumor, medically known as a rhabdomyosarcoma, "Frank," after Frankenstein's monster,
and whose mother auctioned "Frank must die!" bumper stickers on ebay to help pay his medical expenses, has been declared cancer-free. David was
diagnosed with the tumor in 2003, but its size and location prevented surgeons from removing it. After chemotherapy shrank the tumor to a more
manageable size, the boy needed a very expensive biopsy procedure to determine if the tumor was still malignant. Publicity about the case led many to
donate to David's cause and a surgeon performed the biopsy for free.
A 9-year-old boy who nicknamed his brain tumor "Frank" and whose mother launched an online auction to help pay for his medical bills is now
cancer-free, his mother said Tuesday.
"Frank is dead!" an elated Tiffini Dingman-Grover said by telephone from her Sterling home as the family prepared to head to a press conference in
had most of his tumor removed Feb. 2 at the Skull Base Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The family learned the results of a
biopsy on the tumor at midnight Monday. The family was crowded around the phone on "pins and needles" waiting for the call from David's surgeon,
his mother said.
"(David) is so mellow he's so easygoing. He was just like, 'Really? Great! Cool!'" Dingman-Grover said of her son's reaction to the good news.
"It's like, 'Honey, is that all?' He says, 'Did you ever think it wouldn't be gone?'"
David was diagnosed in May 2003 with a grapefruit-sized malignant brain tumor called a rhabdomyosarcoma, which was causing blindness and headaches.
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Of course, this is a heartwarming story of survival and the incredible resilience of the human spirit. I have always been amazed at the maturity
that very ill children are capable of demonstrating. Truly, this family deserves our respect for not letting this horrible disease conquer them.
They took on the daunting task of raising money and awareness to meet the challenges of their predicament and they overcame. That's way more than
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[edit on 05/2/15 by GradyPhilpott]