Cole Houska Fundraiser
Two-year-old Cole was admitted to Sanford in Fargo to do an MRI on September 28th. The MRI showed that Cole has multiple brain and spinal tumors which led to an emergent brain surgery to remove as much of the one main tumor which was blocking the flow of his spinal fluid. The surgery was successful as the surgeon was able to remove two tumors on the surface of the brain, and most of the tumor blocking the fluid. Although this was good news, there was more to be done with all the tumors down Cole’s spinal cord. The tumors are creating pressure, causing him to have diminished feeling in his legs, and preventing him from being able to walk. There was no time to waste as they were flown to Mayo in Rochester on September 30th where scans and a first dose of radiation on his spine was done to try and relieve as much pressure as possible. Cole had a 2nd treatment on October 1st and will have 5 total treatments and then hopefully get final biopsy results to determine further treatment options. At this point all his parents have are a lot of unanswered questions, but the doctors are definitely doing what they can with the little information they have. This has not only been heart-breaking for his family, taking an emotional toll, but has taken a financial toll since his dad Josh is self-employed with no medical leave or vacation and his mom Kayla is also having to miss work. His older brothers are back home with grandparents, trying to keep a regular school schedule but it is proving hard on them as well.
Cole is the most energetic full of life two, almost three-year-old, boy. There is no halfway with Cole, he goes full throttle at all times. He gives his two older brothers a run for their money and enjoys playing with them. Cole is daddy’s big boy/helper, and mommy’s little guy who enjoys snuggling with her while she drinks her coffee. He is a lover of dinosaurs, especially the T-rex, and if you know Cole you know his dino calls. Cole is an outdoorsy kiddo with a love for snowmobiling. If he sees a snowmobile helmet, he will put it on to let you know he is ready to go ride! If he had it his way, he would go all by himself but so far, he rides along with a family member. Money raised for Cole and his family will go towards helping with medical expenses and loss of income. Your online gift will be boosted by 20%, with 100% of your gift going directly to the Houska family. Cash/checks may be gifted directly to Josh or Kayla Houska.