KENTLAND, Ind. (WLFI) - It was a Sunday afternoon for Brayden. After playing in the Kentland park his mom, Staci Denton, took him to the Earl Park Fall Festival.
A day at the park is a nice break from time spent at the hospital.
Denton said in April doctors found a tumor on Brayden's brain stem called a DIPG brain tumor.
"If you look it up on the internet it basically says plan your child's funeral," Denton said. "But we're not willing to do that."
Denton said doctors started Brayden on oral chemotherapy. So far he has received 30 rounds of radiation.
"He's had one follow-up MRI and with that follow-up MRI [the tumor] showed no growth or shrinkage," Denton said.
Steroids caused Brayden to gain 20 pounds. For the first few months Denton said Brayden was not himself, but now he is acting like a normal four-year-old.
On Sunday he conquered the monkey bars for the first time since getting sick.
Through good and bad days Denton is able to lean on two Newtown County friends who know what it is like to have a child with cancer.
Two other moms Denton went to high school with have children with cancer. The two women were not available for an interview Sunday.
"I have a support system in other ways, but to have someone who knows exactly where I'm coming from, it helps," Denton said.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It's also a critical month for Denton and Brayden.
On September 13 Brayden will go in for his third MRI. If the tumor has grown more than 25 percent, they will not be able to continue the oral chemotherapy.
"Everybody is hopeful, everybody wants the best outcome," Denton said. "But nobody is giving me any sort of false hope."
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