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Tommy's Wish Foundation, Inc.
When God allows a burden to be put upon you, he will put
his arms underneath you to help carry it.
St. Joseph Altar 2014 will be at Young Men's Business Club  1327 East Dr, Westwego  
Blessing Tuesday at 5 PM  March 18th - Father John Talamo
open Wednesday  March 19th 10AM - 7 PM.

Welcome to Tommy's Wish Foundation.

It is a program that our son Tommy asked for, he survived a brain tumor.

How do you put down the first 15 years of Tommy's life with a brain tumor? You simply can't do it, it's too much
information. It was day to day living with it.  

He had the tumor (ganglioglioma) from infancy and it was slow growing so therefore it was classified benign. For
many years it looked like a cyst on CT Scans and MRI's. It was considered inoperable for all those years, we even
got other opinions. But again only heads shook no, we're sorry. A few days before his 15th birthday he was very ill
and his brain had become swollen. An MRI showed the tumor had suddenly quadrupled in size from an MRI done
just several months earlier. His doctor could not believe what had happened after all the careful watching but we
were losing our child. An oncologist was called in and medication was given to bring the swelling down so surgery
could be done. His surgeon used VectorVision, 3D imaging that had came out to guide his surgeon to the tumor that
was deep in his brain. Technology had caught up with our waiting son and his slow growing tumor.  We were truly
blessed, Tommy survived. The tumor can still return and he is still watched.
He is now 27 years old.

Brain tumors, like all tumors, fall into two broad categories, benign and malignant. A benign tumor is usually
contained and does not spread, but that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. According to the Brain Tumor Society
(TBTS), brain tumors - even benign brain tumors - can recur and they can kill.

Tommy's tumor grew slowly all those years and then it viciously turned on him - WHY? We don't know. Just like we
didn't have answers for so many years.  When he had surgery on February 7,  2002 we couldn't even find information
on this tumor.  Now we are beginning to find out more because research is finding out more on pediatric brain tumors.
Imagine fighting this battle with no information.  That what we were doing. His tumor was not even diagnosed until
after he had surgery.  We are still amazed and shocked!!!

Tommy's Wish is this: that other children should not suffer as he did throughout his childhood because of illness.
Tommy had to take so many steroids for asthma and the illnesses that he encountered that his veins were difficult to
find for routine bloodwork, which most of the time was every week. IV's for CAT Scans and MRI's required RN's
from the hospital. Our rule to them was get your best because you only get one stick. Tommy had bruises
everywhere because of the routine bloodwork. At the age of 8 he stopped breathing from a severe combination of
seizures and asthma. He spent several days in the PICU with tubes everywhere. We were in shock and still can't
believe how close our child came to dying.

Tommy is a survivor, so be happy for this. Yes, he still suffers from the effects of the brain tumor to this day. He lost
his peripheral vision and still suffers seizures among other problems. He is disabled but a wonder to many. He is such
a joy to be around.  Tommy is extremely kind and so pleasant to be around. Today he enjoys bowling and painting.

Tommy's Wish is to raise money for various organizations that help children who are ill. Every year a Math-A-Thon
is held for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and here lately he has helped individual families that are in need.
He also donates for research to find out more about brain tumors.

Please join us for "Tommy's Wish"

God Bless You!!!
Tom & Sylvia Effler
Founders of Tommy's Wish Foundation, Inc.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" Lyrics  
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole


Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
And the dreams that you dream of
Once in a lullaby (Ai)

(Oh) Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dream of,
Dreams really do come true (ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That's where you'll find me

(Oh) Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dare to
Oh why, oh why can't I (hai hai, ai ai ai)

Well I see trees of green and red roses too
I watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the bright bliss of day I like the dark
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I, I love you

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than we'll know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world (urld urld, urld urld urld)

Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

(Oh) Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dare to,
Why, oh why can't I (hai hai, ai ai ai)

Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ah Ah Eeh Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah  
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