2016 April Hero of the Month Dylan Gantnier

April Hero of the Month

Dylan-Gantier-cropDylan Gantnier, age 9 of Sherman was recently diagnosed with Aldo Vera Rhabdomyo Sarcoma, an aggressive growing tumor found on his heart. At age 6 Dylan fought a similar battle when doctors found cancer in his arm tissues and lymph nodes. While Dylan won that battle family and friends are hopeful he will come out victorious once again.

Dylan receives the majority of his medical care in Bangor and Boston and to date has undergone chemotherapy, radiation and heart surgery. As a result of these visits, and chronic fatigue Dylan has missed a great deal of school. He also struggles with anxiety and fears dying. Something no nine year old should experience.

Dylan enjoys playing on his Xbox, Playstation, loves to cook and staying in touch with family through the use of his computer. He also had his wish granted to visit Disneyland and Universal Studios through the Make a Wish Program of Maine.

Despite these overwhelming odds Dylan remains optimistic that he will win his battle and is supported by family and community members who have assisted the family with transportation costs including keeping the driveway plowed so they can make their winter appointments.

Dylan is described by his nana, “as a very kind hearted and loving child who likes to help people”.

Through the Cubby Gives Hero Program Dylan was recognized with a 20” bike which he looks forward to using very soon.