“Owen started with 21 spots of cancer and 2 tumors. Today he is down to 3 spots of cancer. He is starting his second stem cell transplant. That is very rough for him to go through and very painful. This treatment is about a month in the hospital and about 2-3 week stay at the Ronald McDonald house. After that he will move on to radiation. The go fund me should have other updates along too!”
Just a couple months ago 2/2/2020 the world turned upside down forever For this little family.
Brian Buell worked 2 jobs so Valerie could be a stay at home Mom for three boys, Elliott age 7, Bentley age 4 and Owen just 18 months.
After several visits to the doctor for a persistent flu they ended up in the Silver Cross Hospital and ultimately ended up as an emergency transport to Luries Children’s Hospital (Northestern) in Chicago. They ER Dr. immediately made a diagnosis after labs and scans. Neuroblastoma Cancer.
This is the worst most difficult cancer a child can have. After a lot of labs, tests and biopsy, the diagnosis was confirmed and in addition, it had spread. Little 18 month old Owen has a cancerous tumor behind his eye, a mass in his abdomen so large it is hard for him to breathe or eat. Owen also has cancer in his entire skeletal system. (Bones)
Owen is in a tough fight for his little life, but Brian and Valerie are faced with the reality of what the cost of a catastrophic illness really is.
Brian had to quit his second job and take a leave from his full time job. The cost of trips from Joliet to the Northside of Chicago in gas and parking has eaten up the money they had.
Fund raisers have been started and private donations have come in, but it isn’t near what will be needed.