HAMBURG, NY – On Friday, family and friends came together to help a three-year-old Orchard Park boy who is fighting a battle with a brain tumor.
The benefit for John Millen took place on Friday night at Michael's Banquet Facility in Hamburg.
The Millen's family and friends in Orchard Park are rallying to help John and his parents during the difficult time. Proceeds are going toward John's treatment and other expenses the family has had to face.
The boy has been diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). "The prognosis for this type of tumor is unfortunately very grim," said Dawn Millen, John's mother. "We've got about 9 to 12 months with our little boy and we want to make the best of it."
The brain tumor is cancerous, inoperable and is in an area that controls vital bodily functions. The prognosis of DIPG is typically 9 to 12 months, with less than 2 percent of those diagnosed living past two years.
John was admitted and diagnosed with the tumor in early October. He has completed a six-week radiation treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The radiation can shrink the tumor temporarily, but DIPG progresses quickly. There are few options beyond a single course of radiation that have proven effective.
The Millens plan to travel to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in February to participate in a clinical trial for one month.
Donations can be made for John's expenses through the family's website: www.johns-journey.org.