Mom with brain cancer forgoes radiation to give her unborn baby a better chance

By Dave Andrusko

KimandWyatt6Last Christmas season, Kim Vaillancourt of Tonawanda, New York, felt like she was coming down flu-like symptoms. She could be forgiven if, out of an “abundance of caution,” she went to the doctor.

She and her husband, Phil, had two biological children of their own, ages 11 and 12. On December 23, they had just adopted three children, ages 6, 7, and 10. And Mrs. Vaillancourt was about half-way through her third pregnancy!

Had her five kids not been home on Christmas break, she told The Daily Mail, “I would have just thought I had a headache and the flu and I would have laid in bed.” But since she unable to keep food down, she worried her baby might not be getting the nourishment he needed and went to the hospital.

That was December 27.

Doctors told the Vaillancourts that Kim had two tumors (glioblastoma) in her brain –one of the front of her brain, the other “dangerously close to her brain stem in the back,” according to reporter Mia De Graaf.

Vaillancourt was rushed into surgery to remove the brain cancer.

As De Graaf explained, radiation is the customary next step to try to make sure the cancer does not return.

However, Kim decided to risk a relapse by stopping all treatments last month in a desperate bid to protect her developing child, saying: ‘The baby saved me. Now it’s my turn to save him

The wonderful news is that last Friday, the family confirmed that Kim

had given birth to a healthy son, who they have named Wyatt Eli, meaning ‘little warrior sent by God’. He weighed 4lbs 7oz and was 17.5 inches long. …. “The family is ‘over the moon excited’ to welcome Wyatt to their extraordinary family,’ a family friend wrote on a GoFundMe page for Kim and her husband Phil.”

KimandPhilVMrs. Vaillancourt still faces a formidable foe: a very aggressive form of cancer. However, as De Graaf writes, “The Vaillancourts have found strength from their big and close families and in the prayers that have flowed in as word of the family’s fight has spread.”

‘People have wrapped their hearts around this family,’ childhood friend Jenna Koch said, describing a GoFundMe campaign and a host of benefits and fundraisers planned over the next few weeks.

With treatment, doctors say patients with the serious grade of glioblastoma afflicting Kim have a median survival rate of about 14 months. But the Vaillancourts are holding onto their Christian faith.

‘I hope to fight this off for years and years to come,’ Kim said. ‘I hope to be sitting here in 30 years saying how I beat this.’

Said Phil: ‘We definitely believe in miracles.’

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