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Tessa Hodgson

Tessa Hodgson was diagnosed with a brain tumor, just before she turned 3 months old. Her surgery was Nov. 6, 2019. On Nov. 14, 2019, she was given the diagnosis AT/RT at just 3 months old. 

Tessa was treated in Toronto at Sick Kids with intensive chemo and stem cells transplant. She was just about in remission when she developed a lump in her axilla, under her right arm. The biopsy showed it’s MRT (malignant rhabdoid tumor). Tessa's family was absolutely devastated. Surgeons tried to surgically remove the lump, but the cancer intertwined within her muscles and lymph nodes. Radiation was their only option.

Tessa passed away peacefully, in the arms of her mother, on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the age of 15 months.

Tessa handled her sickness with an unwavering smile and unstoppable joy. Her courage and perseverance have been an inspiration to thousands and thousands of people across the world.

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