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Bike stolen while boy in hospital

Cameron Hatch on his Yamaha bike earlier this year.Ten-year-old Cameron Hatch had enough to contend with, having to undergo emergency surgery, Aug. 9, at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland in connection with his brain tumor.

Then, to add to his problems, while the family was at the hospital, someone stole Cameron’s 80 cc Yamaha dirt bike.

“He was just devastated,” said his mother Stacie Philibert, noting riding the bike is something he can still do and really enjoys.

She said the family bought used dirt bikes and four-wheelers so they could have fun together on family outings. “It has become a big stress reliever for our family to go on trail rides, but now we can’t, so I really hope whoever took it will return it. There will be no questions asked, my son just wants his bike back,” she said.

She is hoping someone might recognize a photo of the dirt bike and contact her at 541-350-5487 with information.

Three years after the removal of a cancerous brain tumor, follow-up tests showed cancer cells in Cameron’s spinal fluid, and he has been undergoing chemotherapy to prevent another tumor from forming since January.

Stacie Philibert has her hands full. While her husband works, she must drive Cameron to Portland for monthly five-day treatments, and a month ago she gave birth to twin daughters, Hannah and Kaylah, who accompany them on each trip.

She said Cameron now has another tumor on his brain, but doctors were not sure if it’s cancerous. “It’s not responding to the chemo, so they took a biopsy of it,” she said.

Early in August, he had a full MRI, which revealed blood on the brain, so emergency surgery was done Aug. 9, to drain the blood out.

Her son made a good recovery from his surgery and is back at home in Madras. “That’s when we noticed the bike was gone. We were getting ready to go camping and noticed Cameron’s bike was gone,” she said.

On Aug. 15, the Philibert family learned that the biopsy was positive for cancer. “The good news is the chemo has prevented it from spreading. The bad news is that it’s not getting any smaller and his doctor said they cannot remove that tumor,” Stacie Philibert said.

“For now, his doctor wants him to finish the treatment plan he’s on now, which will end in February,” she said.




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