About

To provide support for Trey's parents so they can be close to him as he fights cancer

Trey Love is the son of Phoenixville residents Mike and Missy Love. In July of 2008, at the age of 21 months, Trey was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive cancer in children that attacks the nerve cells in the body. Trey’s cancer began as a tumor on his left adrenal gland. The tumor metastasized to another tumor behind his right eye. The cancer also spread into Trey’s bone marrow. Trey’s treatment includes five to six 21-28 day cycles of chemotherapy, harvesting of stem cells, surgery, stem cell transplants, antibody study, and chemo/radiation maintenance after the process is complete. These treatments yield a 30-50% cure rate.

Timeline of events:
July 2008: 21 months old, Trey was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma

October 27, 2008: The day after Trey’s second birthday, he began cycle 5 of chemotherapy. This cycle is a very harsh treatment for Trey but has shown positive results. Following this cycle, and once Trey’s cell counts had elevated, a cat scan was done to help determine the appropriate procedure for surgery.

November 12, 2008: Surgery. The goal of the surgery was to remove the bulk of the main tumor in Trey’s abdomen. Not all of the tumor was able to be removed because it has intertwined with the blood vessels in Trey’s abdomen. Cycle 6 of chemotherapy was performed following the surgery.

Christmas Eve 2008: Trey received his first stem cell transplant.

January 2009: Trey began sleeping in a big boy bed at home!

February 4, 2009: Trey received his second stem cell transplant and amazingly was sent home just 20 days later!

March 9, 2009: Trey began radiation and continued these treatments until April 3, 2009. During that time he remained at home - having good, bad, and awful days.

April 16, 2009: Trey's first set of post transplant scans and MIBG results came back... clear. Trey was is remission.

May 12, 2009: Trey began a 6 cycle antibody study. One month later Trey was half way through the antibody cycles and able to go home for a break. He spent that time going to the zoo, Renaissance Fair, park, amusement park, and spending lots of time with family and friends.

July 2009: Trey had finished his anitbody cycles and was sent back home.

August 2009: A major milestone. Trey ran for the first time. He was also 6 months out of transplant and precautions were lifted.

September 10, 2009: Trey was placed in the PICU with a gram negative sepsis infection and 50% chance of survival. September 16 the little fighter was sent home and one week later went to Disney World!

October 26, 2009: Trey turned 3 years old... a brave, strong, cancer free 3 year old. Trey continued to have scans every 3 months... and every 3 months the little fighter's results were clean.

November 9, 2010: After clear scans, Trey graduated to scans every 6 months instead of 3. His next round of scan would occur in May 2011.

March 16, 2011: Trey spikes a fever of 105 degrees. His fever does not go below 102 for the next four days.

March 20, 2011: Trey is unresponsive and air lifted to CHOP. Trey has a brain bleed and aneurism. BP drops to 38/14. Trey has a neuroblastoma relapse in the brain. As far as medicine goes – there may be no cure. While radiation could be a possibility since the recurrence is on the other side of his head from the tumor Trey had behind his eye originally, the reality is that the cancer will grow faster than he can heal from the surgery - making radiation useless against the disease.

We are asking for your prayers and support. Please help this family in critical need