Levi was two months into Kindergarten when he started throwing up 1 to 2 times a week. His pediatrician said Levi had the flu, but later that month, Levi’s left eye started to cross. Levi’s mom felt that the throwing up and eye-crossing were related and asked her friend, an optometrist, to take a look at his eyes after church on a Sunday afternoon. By 5:30 that same day, Levi was being airlifted to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver.

On November 1, 2014, Levi was diagnosed with ATRT when he was just 6 years old. Three days later, Levi underwent a 9-hour brain surgery to remove the tumor in his brain. Levi underwent 51 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. Levi, his mom, and his three siblings moved to Colorado for nearly a year during Levi’s treatment while his dad stayed home in Kansas.

Levi has been off-treatment for 7 years and is doing great! He is a wonderful brother and helps his family take care of their wide array of animals at the family farm. Levi started 8th grade in the fall of 2022.

Levi is well known for his motto, “Cancer picked the wrong cowboy!”