Mary’s journey with cancer started more than a year and a half before she was diagnosed. In January 2019 when Mary was just 3 years old, she got a fever and shortly after, one of her eyes turned inward. She had been prone to ear infections, so she had surgery for those, but her eyes remained crossed. She got glasses, but they didn’t help either. Finally, after months and months of trying to determine what was going on, an eye specialist ordered a MRI in October 2020 and that’s when the mass in Mary’s brain was discovered.

Mary and her family were sent to Children’s Hospital Colorado and found out it was a brain tumor in the pons. A biopsy the next week confirmed the diagnosis: a low-grade Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Mary is currently in the midst of six weeks of daily radiation treatments.

Despite all she’s been through, Mary is still a normal, loving preschooler. She loves mac & cheese, country music, Cinderella, and dancing. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up and is a wonderful big sister.