IT4CC 2019

Team Ambassador - Tayven Melnyk
Team Ambassador - Tayven Melnyk

Team IBM

Tayven, now 4 years old, was diagnosed at the age of 15 months with anaplastic ependymoma.

He had an 8 hour surgery to remove the tumor followed by 33 sessions of radiation. He had a rocky recovery from the surgery and required a trach and feeding tube. He had re-learn all fine and gross motor skills. 
His scans remained clean for 16 months before presenting a recurrence. He had his second 6 hour brain surgery to remove that tumor followed by another 8 months of clean scans before his second recurrence. He then endured 3 rounds of chemo before another MRI presented continued growth and spreading. 

That brings us to current day where we are just having fun enjoying each day.  He loves to laugh, chase his sister and cats and play cars and trains. His journey has taught us some hard but important lessons that include not taking anything for granted and staying present every day; to just take each moment in.

Please Support Our Journey


Did you know that only 5% of cancer research dollars is allocated to childhood cancer?

We are fundraising for IT4CC in support of Childhood Cancer Canada (CCC) and would love to be able to count on your support. Together we can further life-saving research, and help grow CCC's critical education, community and connectivity programs to children with cancer and their families.

Let's create more victories for the 10,000 kids currently battling cancer in Canada.

Thank you for giving generously.


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