In 2005, when Reid was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with an aggressive, benign brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. Surgical and radiation treatments began immediately with unfortunate side effects following closely behind. Damage to areas of his brain caused significant endocrine problems, stunts in his growth and developmental delays. Through family training and close monitoring with doctors' appointments, Reid’s medical conditions were initially able to be managed more from home. By age 6, Reid’s condition became more fragile, not following the general and initial prognosis of his brain tumor. He began getting very ill from basic colds and sinus infections which led to multiple bouts of sepsis requiring ICU and ventilators. For 2 years Reid spent much of his life in the hospital’s two critical care units, with stays at home only lasting about a week at a time.
The cause for Reid’s fragility continued to remain a mystery. In January of 2013, Reid had a bone marrow biopsy that showed he had developed MDS, a type of cancer in the bone marrow. It was believed that this was caused by the radiation that he had received years prior for his brain tumor. By the end of January, his doctors ultimately decided that he was not a candidate for a bone marrow transplant, which was the only treatment available for MDS. In the early morning hours of April 20, 2013, a mere 3 months later, Reid went to be with the Lord while surrounded by family.
Reid touched so many lives in his short time on Earth. From doctors and nurses, to family, friends and strangers, he made an impact. Reid was always happy, and despite the many things he had to be angry about, he always chose to be happy. To this day, that is the most important lesson he taught us, we will always remember that we too, can choose to be happy.