While taking finals during his sophomore year of high school, Chandler began experiencing neck pain, back pain and headaches. When he began to have double vision, his family consulted a neurologist, who ordered an emergency MRI.
Chandler and his family then learned he had a brain tumor called medulloblastoma, the most common type of pediatric malignant primary brain tumor.
Chandler is a passionate runner. Before being diagnosed with medulloblastoma, he competed in cross country and was set to run his first half marathon in 2015. Instead, Chandler underwent two brain surgeries at a local hospital, during which doctors were able to remove part of the tumor.
Chandler’s family was then referred to St. Jude for his continuing care. At St. Jude, Chandler’s treatment included 30 rounds of radiation therapy, seven rounds of chemotherapy and physical therapy.