3/6/14 7:46:25 PM -- chambersburg, PA -- Trevor, Lenore, and their daughter Gabrielle Foster stand for a portrait in their living room.
Lenore Wyant lost her son Foster to an almost universally fatal brain tumor -- Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma -- but agreed to donate his tumor (in an autopsy) to St. Jude’s, which has used tumor samples like these to make a big discovery about this rare cancer. Turns out that 80% of these rare tumors (only 200 to 300) a year have the same genetic mutations. Doctors hope to use this information to create a new drug, which could take years. But the knowledge is giving parents solace in knowing their kids left a legacy that may help other parents avoid losing their children. -- Photo by Matt Roth, Freelance