Silent auction raises funds for potential trip to United States or Europe for cancer treatment

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Edmonton dad Luke Palmowski is hoping an online silent auction will raise funds for his son, Tyler Palmowski, so the 12-year-old can access international treatment for cancer that has spread to the boy’s brain.

Tyler was initially diagnosed in 2015 with cancer, and after undergoing multiple surgeries, specialized radiation treatment and chemo for almost a year, he was cleared. But during a family vacation to Mexico earlier this year, he started having issues with his left eye and was subsequently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Tyler was profiled by Postmedia earlier this spring when he had the opportunity to pilot an airplane — a goal that was on his bucket list. In July, the Palmowski family was able to tick off another experience on the list when an anonymous donor sent them all to a fishing lodge in Saskatchewan.

Luke Palmowski says his son is “feeling not too bad right now.”

“He still has a lot of double vision and blurred vision and his balance is off, but mentally, he’s all there,” said Luke Palmowski. “He has good days and bad days.”

While there is no cure for Tyler’s cancer, there are clinical trials in the United States and in Europe that might provide a treatment. Tyler is on a couple of waiting lists, says his dad.

“We’re trying to get him in all over the place,” said Luke Palmowski.

There is a GoFundMe campaign that has raised almost $20,000 toward travel expenses. The silent auction is on Facebook and runs until Aug. 28.


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