BREWSTER - Aiden Remme and his family discovered in February that the 4-year-old had a large tumor growing on the right side of his brain.
The finding explained why Aiden had been having difficulties balancing and performing activities requiring hand-eye coordination his entire life, said his mother, Tracy.
A benefit to raise funds for Aiden will be at the Brewster American Legion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will able to participate in a silent auction. Proceeds will be donated to the family to help pay for expenses related to Aiden recovery.
Tracy works as a Title 1 teacher at the Round Lake-Brewster Elementary School, teaching math and reading to children from kindergarten to sixth grade. However, she is currently on unpaid leave to care for her son.
Aiden has Glioma Grade 2 and will receive nearly 40 chemotherapy treatments within the next year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Right now, doctors are unsure if he will need more.
“The hope is that the tumor will shrink, but currently their goal is to stop the growth and allow for him to get older,” Tracy said in an email, adding that surgically removing the tumor would be dangerous because it is “mixed” into his brain and located in the middle of his brain.
Radiation would stunt his growth, she continued.
Tracy takes him every week for chemotherapy appointments at the Mayo Clinic and to occupational and physical therapy appointments at Prairie Rehab & Fitness in Worthington.
Aiden calls his rehabilitation appointments “playing with doctors,” she said.
“So far, Aiden is taking chemotherapy very well,” Tracy said.
“He does get really tired sometimes and does get sick, but most of the time he just wants to be a normal 4-year-old.”
He has to avoid playing with dirt, large groups of children and the family’s pets. In addition, he also has to wear a mask.
“He thinks it’s kind of fun,” she said. “He calls himself ‘Dr. Aiden!’”
Aiden has completed eight chemotherapy treatments, and a full-body scan showed the cancer has not spread to other parts of his body.
Using the slogan, “Go Grey for Aiden,” Tracy encourages supporters to wear gray garments during May to help raise brain cancer awareness.
The family has a Go Fund Me page for Aiden at www.gofundme.com/e2qxmm8c. So far, they have raised nearly $5,000 of the $10,000 goal.
Bracelets supporting Aiden’s cause are available at Jim’s Amoco in Brewster. All proceeds are donated to the family.
Shirts can be found at www.km-apparel.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1908.
The silent auction is sponsored by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster, Nobles County Thrivent and Catholic United Financial. Pork sandwiches will be provided.