Hunter’s journey back to health has begun

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Hunter with his mom, Mandy Weaver.
Hunter Dorish has been undergoing radiation on a tumour located in an inoperable spot on his brain stem. A fundraiser for the family is being held June 28th.


A familiar comment frequently repeated, “it takes an entire community to raise a child” is appropriate in the case for youthful Hunter Dorish. The family of this seventh generation Port Doverite is currently enduring a stressful time.
Nobody likes to hear about someone being so sick they have must undergo surgery, or a series of operations. It is especially sad when the person is five years old.
That is the case with Hunter Dorish. When he was born on April 24, 2008 everything was normal with the 8 lbs 3oz baby. His mother is Mandy Weaver and his father is Tom Dorish. Mandy’s parents are Theresa and Barry Weaver of the Springville area. Tom is the son of Paul and Patsy Dorish of Port Dover. Hunter being seventh generation Port Doverite through his mother who is the daughter of Peggy and Doug Reid.
As an infant, Hunter had a great smile and a disposition to match it. This week his mother commented, “Hunter grew up as a perfectly normal child,” adding with a smile, “I like to think above average” … all that was about to change.
On Friday, May 31 of this year, his mom received a phone call from Hunter’s Doverwood School that he was complaining of a headache. The following day he was sick to his stomach and while he felt better not well enough to play soccer.
On Sunday, the 5-year-old boy had another headache. His mother took him to Norfolk General Hospital emergency department. After being checked over, he was sent home with a warning that if headaches recur to come back … there were to be numerous return visits.
Hunter’s mother reports he was admitted to McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton for a CT scan. The result of that was the discovery of a mass inside Hunter’s brain. The same day the very young patient was prepped for a MRI. His mother said of her son, “such a brave boy, smiling and being polite, allowing the nurses to do what they needed to do”.
The family was told that the mass in Hunter’s brain was inside the part of his brain stem, which is deep inside his brain and therefore, inoperable. The diagnosis is a glioma in his pons. As a result, a team of radiologists undertook a six-week radiation treatment to get rid of the tumour. His first treatment was June 13.
Hunter and his mother have moved into the Ronald McDonald House, saying, “we are very much enjoying the comfort and hospitality that runs this place”.
Her final comment at the time was, “and so our journey begins”.
A community benefit event is being organized to raise funds to help defray the medical, living, transportation costs, etc. that will be incurred by his parents, Tom Dorish and Mandy Weaver, during Hunter’s hospital stay and treatments. Any surplus money will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. There will be door prizes, live music and a DJ, 50/50 draws, silent auction, LLBO licensed.
A Rockin’ Benefit will be held in Port Dover Community Centre on Friday, June 28, from 5 to 1:00 a.m.
The doors open at 5:00 p.m. for youngsters to visit with Hunter (if his health permits) with kids’ entertainment to 7:00 p.m. that includes face painting, pictures, balloon animals by a clown, inflatable fun house, prizes, etc.
Tickets are $20 and available at Stoney’s Home Hardware, Roulston’s on Main Street, Runners Den, Post Office, Capt’n Billy’s, also Port Dover’s Scotiabank … which will donate matching dollars up to $5,000.

 IMG_8711Hunter with his dad, Tom Dorish.










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