Nick Price, a talented soccer player in Charleston, SC, was diagnosed a with pontine glioma brain tumor on January 29, 2015. This is a very complex, hard-to-reach tumor in the pons area of the brainstem. The family traveled the country meeting with several different facilities and neurosurgeons trying to find someone who could get to the tumor without causing severe neurological deficits or worse. This part of the brain controls several vital functions of the body including heartbeat, voice, eyes, arms, legs, swallowing and breathing.
After getting several medical opinions, most of which said the tumor was inoperable, the family decided to let top surgeons at Barrow Neurological in Phoenix, AZ remove the tumor. The Price’s live in Charleston, SC, so they traveled across the country to have the surgery. Drs. Nader Sanai and Robert Spetzler were confident they could get to the tumor and try to remove it. They assured the family they would only get what they could while they were in there. On June 18, 2015, his surgeons safely removed the tumor after an unsuccessful first surgery. Three weeks later Nick was back on the soccer field. He had vision problems and weakness (he lost 20 lbs of muscle) from the surgery he needed to work through but after six months Nick had no deficits at all. He is now 100% and stronger than he has ever been.
Nick decided to start his own foundation to help others that have been given the devastating diagnosis of brain tumor and cancer! He was so inspired by how others helped him that he wanted to do something to give back. He wanted to pay it forward so he started the Nick Price Foundation! He has written many checks from his foundation to help sick children and adults battling brain tumors and cancer.
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