Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund

Dylan Patrick ShafferUpdated 1/8/18

This Memorial Fund has been created to honor the memory of our son, Dylan Patrick Shaffer, who died suddenly on August 11, 2017 at just 16 months old.

Just recently, specialists at Stanford were able to confirm Dylan’s cause of death. The doctors found that Dylan had an extremely rare and aggressive cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. This cancer affects 1 in 1,000,000 people and represents less than 1% of all malignant tumors. It is extremely rare to occur in young children, and even more rare to be found where it affected Dylan, on his thymus gland.

In Dylan’s case, he also had a cyst growing on the tumor, which is not uncommon. His cyst burst, causing both the tumor and his thymus to rupture leading to his fast death. Due to the location of the tumor (deep in the chest cavity) and no unusual behavior/symptoms for a 16 month old, there were no signs or ways for us or his doctors to know about the cancer. Even had we discovered the tumor, due to the rare and aggressive nature of the cancer, Dylan’s prognosis still would not have been good and it’s unlikely he would have survived.

We are finding relief that this is not a hereditary (or inherited) cancer, so we no longer need to worry about Evie’s health, and also peace that Dylan lived a perfect and full life of happiness and love. We’re grateful that he left this world quickly and hopefully without much pain, as opposed to under treatment in discomfort.

Dylan brought joy to everyone he met, and we intend to continue to keep that joy alive by helping others through this fund. We most likely will focus on benefiting pediatric cancer programs, but we’ll keep this page and donors up to date as those details are confirmed. Your continued support and generosity will help us maximize the good work we can do in Dylan’s memory.

Thank you,

Katie and Daniel Shaffer

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