Dauphin County boy battling rare form of brain cancer

9-year-old Grant Hodgson
9-year-old Grant Hodgson

HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM)- A group of local firefighters will help raise money to help a Dauphin County boy with his medical bills after he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

9-year-old Grant Hodgson is an average 4th grader.

“From the minute he could talk he always had something to say,” Grant’s mom, Brandy Hodgson, said.

“I love to do sports, mostly basketball, soccer, football, that kind of stuff,” Grant said.

And he’s pretty tough. Back in July, Grant was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor while he was on vacation with his family. It is an aggressive cancer called Astrocytoma.

“It’s hard to watch your child, feel bad, be in pain, and you not to be able to comfort them,” Hodgson said.

“I know that a lot of people care for me, and they want to help me but they don’t know how,” Grant said.

Grant suffers from headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

“He will feel lousy, lay down, take a nap and wake up and just go at it again and he’s got such a great attitude about it too,” Hodgson said.

Now Grant goes through radiation and chemo five days a week at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“I look forward to seeing my family and I look forward to seeing my dogs, I love them. Can’t wait to go back to school and be there in person,” Grant said.

And despite the amount of time spent away from home, Grant knows there’s a chance his treatment might not work.

“I think just the hardest part is not knowing his future, and whether he has one here with us,” Hodgson said.

And for anyone else who may be struggling, Grant has a few words of advice: “Follow your dreams even if you have something that your fighting. Never give up on your dreams.”

The Linglestown Fire Company is holding a bingo fundraiser Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the fire department at 5901 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112. All of the money raised will go toward paying Grant’s medical bills.

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