8-year-old’s brain tumor shrinking after experimental treatment in Mexico

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NEW LOTHROP (WJRT) (3/8/2018) - "It’s something you can’t explain after the hell and back. So it’s exciting, it’s hope that we never had," Buddy's Dad, Brad Miller said.

In January 2017, the Millers were told the brain tumor, known as DIPG, would kill their son, Buddy, within 6 to 9 months. 14 months later, it has dramatically shrunk.

"We were absolutely given no hope. When we left the hospital, it was go home make memories and enjoy the time you have and that’s really all they had to offer," Brad explained.

They tried radiation here in the U.S., but it wasn't working.

So these past 14 months, 8-year-old Buddy has been undergoing experimental inter-arteria treatment in Monterrey, Mexico.

"And it’s very difficult for all of us," Buddy's Mom, Jeni Miller said. "But, when it’s a matter of life or not, we have no choice and we’ll go and we’ll continue to go."

Buddy's most recent scans show just a small green dot of a tumor left, giving him a score of 2.7. Jeni said 2.0 is no evidence of disease.

"We’re in a really, really good spot," she said.

"We give thanks everyday to the good Lord above and all our supporters; and, we hug him a little tighter everyday. And we’re gonna continue to do that," Brad added.

The Millers said the community's support is what's making this good news possible because each treatment has to be paid for out of pocket.

"At these costs, we have to rely on a lot of people and a lot of love and support. Without it we wouldn’t be here," Brad said.

The success is giving hope not only to Buddy's family, but to every other parent who was given the same 6 to 9 months with their child. They've been following the Team Buddy Facebook page and often reach out to the Millers asking for help.

"I literally drop whatever I’m doing and I call them," Jeni said. "And, if I can give them a little bit of hope, to help them a little bit and that’s what they’re leaning to us for. That’s the one thing Buddy is providing for so many in this DIPG world and outside of it."

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