Katie Sorah never got the opportunity to meet Aidan Dunion.The teenager missed getting to know the youngster, who adored superheroes and loved playing video games. She knew him only as the brave 4-year-old fighting a rare form of brain cancer who lived down the street.
But that was enough. Aidan, the son of Pat and Tara Dunion of Douglassville, was diagnosed with what doctors call DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. It’s a tumor on the brain stem that affects nervous-system functions and increasingly robs victims of their ability to walk and talk.
Doctors couldn’t operate because if they did, they could harm Aidan’s ability to breathe, swallow or perform other vital functions.Aidan died in August 2014, and family members have since dedicated themselves to helping other pediatric cancer patients and their families. And so has Katie.