Earlier this morning, while scrolling through Instagram, I saw the cutest picture of John Carlson and his son, Lucca. And then I read the caption. John, his wife, Gina and their son, Lucca, will all be attending this Saturday’s Washington Nationals game when the Nats take on the Colorado Rockies at 1:05pm. This game means a lot to them because one of their friends, Jenny Mosier, lost her son, Michael Mosier, to DIPG, a deadly form of pediatric cancer about a year and a half ago when he was only six years old.
Michael would have been celebrating his 8th birthday this Saturday, August 27th and to honor his memory and his passion for baseball and the Nationals, his family will be celebrating his life and his birthday at the Nats’ game. And they would be thrilled if NoVa Caps fans came out to Nats Park to join in on their celebration!
If you’d like to attend the game, you can purchase tickets by clicking here. When you purchase your tickets via this link, you’ll be sitting along with The Carlsons and the Mosiers and many of their friends and family. John says “…hope to see some Caps’ fans!” A portion of the proceeds of your ticket purchase will be donated to DIPG research via the Defeat DIPG Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Michael’s family, with the hopes of finding a cure for this deadly pediatric cancer. Your ticket will also come with $10 to spend on concessions.
JOIN US on Saturday, August 27, 2016, as supporters of the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation (www.defeatdipg.org) gather in memory of Michael Mosier, who would have turned 8 years old on this day. We will have a great afternoon at the ballpark, rooting on the Nationals and showing our dedication to the fight against childhood brain cancer!!
$5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Defeat DIPG Foundation! Each ticket comes “loaded” with $10 for food also!
Michael battled a tumor in his brainstem known as DIPG for 8.5 months with immense bravery before passing away in May 2015 at 6 years old. Through this event, the Defeat DIPG Foundation seeks to promote awareness of DIPG, a devastating childhood brain cancer that steals hundreds of young lives in the U.S. each year. Help us to spread the word and raise funds for DIPG research. Help us give hope to families facing this deadly childhood cancer. Help us as we work to find treatments and a cure . . . to Defeat DIPG.
What is DIPG? Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a brain tumor found in a part of the brain stem called the pons. The pons controls essential bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, eyesight, and balance.
DIPG affects children almost exclusively. Approximately 200-400 children in the United States are diagnosed with DIPG each year. These children are typically between the ages of 4 and 11. DIPG accounts for roughly 10-15% of all brain tumors in children.
DIPG is an aggressive tumor that interferes with all bodily functions, depriving a child of the ability to move, to communicate, and even to eat and drink.
As a DIPG tumor begins to grow, it puts pressure on the nerves that control the essential bodily functions regulated by the pons. Children with DIPG commonly experience double vision, reduced eye movement, facial weakness or asymmetry, and arm and leg weakness. They also have problems with walking, coordination, speech, chewing, and swallowing. As the tumor progresses, it also interferes with breathing and heartbeat, which ultimately results in the child’s death.
Thank you to Gina and John Carlson for making us aware of such a special event for Michael’s family and the pediatric cancer community. We will be thinking of all of you on Saturday.
Let’s Go Nats! #DefeatDIPG
By Beckie Reilly