Justin, Lani and Ariel’s journey

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Justin, Lani and Ariel’s journey

My beautiful sister, Lani Stevens (Pike) and her loving husband, Justin Stevens,  are being faced with a horrendous set of circumstances. Their little Ariel, just six months old, has been diagnosed with an inoperable and rare brain tumor known as an  Optic nerve Glioma. The tumor has spread throughout her brain and spine.

Ariel has been flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital where a team is working in conjunction with the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital to do everything they can for their little sweetheart, Ariel. A shunt has been installed to relieve some of the pressure due to fluid build up.

Financially, Lani and Justin are struggling, Justin has no leave due to starting a new job last week and Lani’s leave will be limited. It is unknown how long Ariel will be in the hospital and what other costs will arise from Ariel brain tumor, but at the moment there is already a major financial strain and they really don’t need the stress associated with this.  Ariel is such an amazing little baby, Justin and Lani are role model parents. Any donations are welcomed. Thank you.

 

Optic nerve Glioma-

Optic nerve glioma is a type of brain tumor that starts in the cells around the optic nerve, which is the nerve that connects the eye to the brain. This tumor can cause vision problems, like blurry vision or even blindness, especially in children. It can also lead to other issues like headaches or abnormal eye movements.

Sometimes, this type of tumor is linked to a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), but it can also happen without any known cause. Doctors diagnose optic nerve glioma with eye exams and imaging tests like MRI or CT scans.

Treatment depends on the size and location of the tumor, and it might involve surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or just keeping an eye on it with regular check-ups. With the right treatment, many people with optic nerve glioma can manage it well, but it can cause long-term vision problems in some cases.

 

Reduce– Please consider lending your support to Arial’s brain tumor Treatment Fund. Your donation, no matter the amount, can help alleviate the financial burden of her treatment and provide hope for Arial and her family during this difficult time. Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

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