(TAMPA) – Hunter Brady, a teen from the Tampa area may be
lucky to be alive.
According to a
funding page set up to help him and his family, on New Years
he started having some aches and pains with a slight fever and cough.
His mother took him to a local medical clinic but the clinic
didn’t run any tests and said what he probably had was “a
They went home with some medicine but the next day his
got worse so his mother brought him back to the clinic and this time
they were told the progression of symptoms was likely an allergic
reaction to the medication and not to worry about it, just stop
taking the meds and "let the virus run it's course".
They advised his parents, Cheryl and Ronnie that if they were
still concerned they could see a pediatrician.
They took their son to a pediatrician who ordered a CAT-SCAN
that test revealed that Hunter's lung was not only collapsed but
contained a large amount of fluid.
He also had severely swollen lymph nodes.
The Diagnosis: Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer.
Since the diagnosis earlier this year, Hunter has undergone a
marrow biopsy, blood transfusion, began a course of chemotherapy at a
local hospital and also underwent surgeries to drain the fluid from
his chest, according to a report