Fletcher and his family faced an uncertain future after doctors discovered a rare brain tumor. But this 12-year-old boy is experiencing new moments every day with St. Jude by his side.
Fletcher is a joyful, kind, enthusiastic and curious kid. “He has a zest for life,” his mom, Megan, said.
His life is defined by activity. Throughout the year you can find Fletcher playing a variety of sports: soccer, lacrosse, basketball and competitive swimming.
But in 2019, Fletcher began to experience headaches and vomiting.
His pediatrician recommended an MRI, which revealed a mass on Fletcher’s brain .
The type of tumor, however, was a mystery, one that doctors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helped figure out: Fletcher had an extremely rare brain cancer called a pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation (PPTID).
St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
At St. Jude, Fletcher’s treatment included proton therapy and chemotherapy.
During a break from treatment, Fletcher, who is a fan of the NFL team the Cleveland Browns®, had the opportunity to visit the team's facility.
While there, he met Browns’ player Jarvis Landry, which sealed his love for the team.
It was a big thrill for Fletcher – and this year, the thrills continued during the NFL Draft, where Fletcher, in a taped segment aired on April 23, introduced the team prior to their draft pick.
St. Jude worked tirelessly to save Fletcher’s life and treat his cancer. Everyone we came across at St. Jude showed him such kindness.
Fletcher is finished with treatment and visits St. Jude every three months for checkups.
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