- Tina Draper is a single mother of four who receives no child support. Tina has a daughter, Taylor, who has been diagnosed with Medulloblastoma brain cancer stage 4. Medulloblastoma is a cancerous tumor that starts at a region in the brain at the base of the skull, the posterior fossa. These tumors tend to spread to other parts of the brain and spinal cord; unfortunately this is the case of Taylor. The only treatment successful at this high of a grade is surgery.
Tina’s grandson Javen, has Hydrocephalus, and has had multiple shunts in his brain and back as well as many surgeries for his eyes. Hydrocephalus is most common in infants and young children and is a fluid buildup in the cavities deep in the brain, which leaves pressure on the brain. The extra pressure can lead to brain damage, impaired vision, cognitive difficulties, and loss of coordination. To decrease the effects of hydrocephalus and reduce likelihood of brain damage, shunts are tubes inserted surgically to drain excess fluid.
Tina and her family were in dire need of our help. In order to help Tina and her family Thomas Richards held a fundraiser for the Draper’s on July 29, 2011. The fundraiser was a success with lots of supporters who came out; all proceeds went directly to help pay medical bills, treatment costs, and any other expenses necessary to give Tina and her children financial relief through their difficult circumstances. Thank you to all that attended the fundraiser and helped make this happen.