15-year-old tumor survivor creates license plate to bring awareness to childhood cancer

AURORA, Colo. — Gabe Santisteven is a 15-year-old brain tumor survivor. He was diagnosed with Stage IV Medulloblastoma, a cancer that affects the brain and spine, as a child.

“When I was 9-years-old, I had just started 4th grade and I had bad headaches for a long time,” said Gabe. “And finally, one day, I had a bad headache and I couldn’t stand up or anything. I couldn’t hold my balance.”

His family ended up taking him to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital where they ran a series of tests to see what was wrong. Gabe had emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain and remove a portion of the tumor for biopsy. He then endured radiation every day for six weeks, as well as six months of high-dose chemotherapy.

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