June 28, 2011
Gavin Smith is a garbage truck and pizza-loving 4-year-old whose battle with an aggressive form of cancer has touched thousands of people.
In March 2008, Gavin was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain and spine called atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor. The tumor was a third of the size of his entire brain and required emergency surgery and many months of chemo and radiation. The intense treatments wreaked havoc on Gavin’s tiny body and he continues to deal with the side effects, but thanks to those treatments and countless prayers, he is cancer-free today.
Gavin will start preschool this fall.
Throughout most of his treatment, Children’s Medical Center was home base for Gavin, his parents, Jeff and Stacie, and his little brother, Garrett.
Gavin liked watching the extensive, no-detail-spared model trains in the hospital lobby. And his parents appreciated the expert, caring staff.
“We’ve had a really good experience at Children’s,” said Stacie Smith. “The doctors did a good job of listening to the parents and taking our thoughts into consideration.”
She encourages people to give to the hospital so it can continue delivering high-quality, lifesaving care to the children of North Texas.
“It’s so critical that people think about, What if this were my child?” Stacie said. “You can’t begin to realize how dependent you are on a health care system until you’re in this position. That could be your child. I would want them to receive the best care possible as well.”