FRAMINGHAM – Chloe Mills, 12, had hoped to raise $400 at a bake sale Sunday for the Suau family of Framingham.
The family’s youngest son Devin, 6, was recently diagnosed with an inoperable rare, brain tumor.
Instead the Christa McAuliffe Middle School student raised $3,000 for the family.
For 10 hours, Mills and friends sold baked good at Keefe Technical on a snowy Sunday, while other families attended TBA basketball games and a Shawmut swim meet.
The bake sale total was actually $2,879.30, with ad additional $80 from Wizards TBA ticket sales, but a kind friend donated to the cause to bring the grand total to $3,000, said the Mills family.
“I was so happy to see that everyone wanted to make the world a better place and wanted to help. It made me really happy,” said Mills, who lives in Framingham.
She was amazed by the support and happy her hard word paid off.
“I wanted to do this for Devin because he’s important. He’s a little boy and he doesn’t deserve to have to go through all this. And his family doesn’t either, because they love him so much. I just wanted to make it be easier for them so they can do everything they can for him,” said Mills.
Mills receives a support from Rich Steckloff with Temple Beth Am basketball and both the TBA and Shawmut communities.
Mills is good friends with Devin’s older brother, who attends the Charter school with her in Framingham.
Mills also received lots of support from friends all around Framingham, who baked, donated baked goods and continued to stop by the bake sale in difficult weather conditions just to support her effort to help Devin.
Devin, who attends Stapleton Elementary School, is he youngest of Christine and James Suau’s four boys.
He was recently diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a very rare and aggressive form of cancer typically found in children under the age of 10.
Only 200-300 children in the U.S. Annually are diagnosed with DIPG, which has no cure. The tumor is located at the base of the brain and the top of the spine, and over time it will impact Devin’s essential bodily functions: heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eyesight and balance.
The Suau family is hoping to find a cure for the disease, and hope that Devin will be the first to beat the diagnosis.
They have started the hashtag #WhyNotDevin
His aunt created a GoFundMe, in and in just a couple of days more than $100,000 has been raised. Presently, the fund has more than 150,000.
On Friday, Devin had a biopsy at Boston Children’s hospital.
According to his aunt, “doctors were able to get 4 samples of tissue. This was a very dangerous but critical first step in identifying which clinical trial he is eligible for. All options are being considered, even overseas. He is doing well and has a big appetite. In fact, he’s recently been craving hamburgers. I’m so proud of my nephew for be so brave and strong He is a fighter.”