MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s not very often you hear about babies battling cancer. But this week’s Kylie’s Kid was diagnosed at just 7 months old with an extremely rare type of lung cancer.
Evan’s now 8 years old and barely remembers his cancer experience, but for his family it’s something they’ll never forget.
Even at 8 years old, Evan has big plans for when he grows up, saying he wants to be an engineer, a scientist or a basketball player – or maybe an artist, too. But his favorite is science.
“He just blazes his own trail and it just warms my heart, you know as a mom that’s all you really want. Just for them to find things they’re passionate about,” his mother, Lindsay Ginter, said.
While Evan is busy planning for the future, there’s one big event in his past that he doesn’t even remember. At just 7 months old, what Evan’s parents thought would be a quick trip to the doctor turned into a life changing diagnosis.
“She took an x-ray, thought it was a mistake so she took it again,” Ginter said. “Turns out one side of his lung was completely collapsed, so it just showed up black.”
Evan was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer, called pleuropulmonary blastoma. It’s an extremely rare form of cancer and only a handful of children are diagnosed with it every year.
They found the cancer early, Evan didn’t need chemo or radiation. Another stroke of luck: the doctors at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
“The amazing thing is there are one group of doctors that focus on it and they are here,” Ginter said.
By the time Evan was four years old, he was cancer-free.
“A lot of it he doesn’t really have a memory of but it’s seared into our brains for sure,” Ginter said.