Community gathers in Hanover to pray for teen with extremely rare form of cancer
A community in Hanover is coming together to pray for a miracle after a local teen is diagnosed with a very rare cancer.
Tommy Laudani, 16, is a Junior at Delone Catholic High School. He's an avid runner, and part of the school's cross country and track teams.
Laudani is diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor or DSRCT.
He has uncountable tumors in his stomach. It has spread to his liver, spleen and bone.
On Wednesday, Laudani will undergo surgery in New York. Prior to this, he's been receiving chemo treatments at Johns Hopkins.
DSRCT is a very rare form of cancer. In fact, there have been only around 200 cases ever reported in medical literature.
Even with therapy the 5 year survival rate is less than 15 percent.
But, Laudani's friends and family are holding on to hope and leaning on their faith.
On Tuesday night dozens of his friends gathered at St. Vincent's church in Hanover for a prayer service for Laudani.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Laudani's family pay for treatment and travel to and from the hospital.