Family and friends of a 20-month-old toddler from Eastern Passage are appealing for help to send the boy to Texas to treat a rare form of brain cancer.
Five weeks ago, Brady Richard began losing his balance and vomiting, prompting his parents to suspect an ear infection and take him to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
A tumour the size of a golf ball was detected in Brady's brain.
Susan Ehler, a relative, told CBC News the tumour was successfully removed within a week of the discovery but doctors had more bad news.
"When they biopsied the tumour, they realized that it was a rare form of cancer that had an 80 per cent chance of recurring," she said Tuesday.
Doctors told Brady's family the boy would need a specialized form of radiation, called proton radiation, that's only offered at a handful of centres in North America.
Ehler said a centre in Houston, Texas has agreed to treat Brady.
"It's a form of radiation and it will pinpoint directly to the area of the tumour. It's very highly concentrated so he'll be having radiation treatment five days a week," she said.
"He'll be treated as an outpatient so he'll be put under, have his treatment session with radiation and then that'll go on for seven weeks."
Brady and his parents are waiting to find out when the treatments can begin.
In the meantime, Ehler has organized a fundraiser to help pay for the trip and the family's seven-week stay in Houston. It will take place on May 25 at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Dartmouth and includes a kitchen party with music, food and a silent auction.
"Time certainly is of the essence at this point," said Ehler.
"We don't want any other tumours to start regrowing."