FRAMINGHAM (CBS) — When six-year-old Devin Suau fell off his snowboard last month, he went to a doctor for treatment for a possible concussion–but he and his family got terrible news.
Devin was diagnosed with a rare type of pediatric cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), and was found to have an inoperable, incurable tumor on his brain stem.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
Doctors gave him anywhere between 8 months and 2 years to live. But with a new hashtag, Devin and his family are trying to raise awareness about DIPG.
The family is hoping Devin will be the first one to get a cure for the aggressive disease–hence the campaign, #WhyNotDevin.
“This disease, because of its rarity, gets very little to zero funding, research, or backing from the medical community,” the family wrote on the #WhyNotDevin Facebook page. “That has to change!”READ MORE: Survey: Boston Area Ranks Second In The Country For Most Rodent Infestations
The Suaus are asking people to follow Devin on his Facebook page, and to post photos in support of him. Many local groups and sports teams already have!MORE NEWS: Roland Escobar Charged With Manslaughter, Driving High On Drugs In Deadly Taunton Hit-And-Run