Daniel Gibson is one of the strongest kids we know. He is an 11-year-old boy who dealt with consistent headaches, nausea and vomiting for about a year. He was in and out of school, doctor’s offices and the hospital with no specific diagnosis. Many different causes were assumed, but no specific answers as he continued to get worse.
His stepmom, Kristy shared, “He passed out at our house and we took him to the hospital in Dalton. We asked the doctor that was on duty that night to do a CT scan. Immediately they found it and sent us to Chattanooga.”
On October 23, Daniel was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain cancer that develops in the part of the brain called the cerebellum. After being sent to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, a golfballsized tumor was removed on October 24. His family stayed 3 days and nights at the hospital before checking into the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.
When a child is sick, having their family close to their side and with them through every procedure and treatment is crucial. When the Gibson family checked into the House to stay close for Daniel’s treatments, they received comfort through a “home away from home” atmosphere, but also kept Daniel’s family routine. Daniel lives with his dad, Mark, and stepmom, Kristy, during the week. He spends the weekends with his mom, Christel, big brother, Christopher and stepdad, Stewart.
“It’s been great for all of us,” shared Christel, Daniel’s mom, “It’s put us in a situation where we can all take care of him. Because no one person can do this by themselves, if you did have to do it by yourself it would be extremely hard.”
His stepmom Kristy added, “He seems a lot more comfortable knowing he has two sets of families.”
On top of having his family, Daniel didn’t have to leave treatments and get in a car to head home 45 minutes away!