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Weymouth boy, known as ‘The Mighty Quinn,’ diagnosed with cancer again

"All he wants out of life is to be a regular boy, have friends, go to school and have fun."

Almost exactly two years since his first brain cancer diagnosis, Quinn Waters and his family received the devastating news that the cancer has returned.

An MRI performed last Friday found new cancer on the now-almost-5-year-old’s brain, according to a Facebook post from his family. Also known as “The Mighty Quinn” across the country for his battle with cancer the first time, Quinn, of Weymouth, is set to undergo radiation and chemotherapy again.

“He will lose his amazing flow again and his therapy will leave him with terrible long term effects, but right now we are solely focused on survivability,” his family wrote in the post. “I’ve never met anyone stronger and I feel so so so sorry for him, all the while he doesn’t feel sorry for himself in the least. All he wants out of life is to be a regular boy, have friends, go to school and have fun. It’s been barely possible these past few years, but he trudged on unphased.”

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A day after Quinn turned 3 on Feb. 10, 2019, he received his first cancer diagnosis — a brain tumor called medulloblastoma that was about the size of a lime was found on his brain stem. He underwent treatment that included chemo that weakened his immune system. For months, he had a steady stream of visitors to his “Quinn-dow” at home since he couldn’t go outside until September 2019.

“We’ve told him the cancer is back in his brain, but he doesn’t quite grasp the totality of that circumstance,” his mother, Tara Waters, told Boston 25 News. “He just knows, like, ‘OK, we’re going to go battle these bad guys in my head.’”

The family is also pushing for people to donate blood and platelets to the Blood Donor Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“We did not realize how important blood donations were until we needed them,” Tara Waters said, according to the news station. “For Quinn, we saw an instant reaction to getting a blood transfusion and getting platelet transfusions. 

A separate Facebook post Thursday noted that it is World Cancer Day.

“Today Quinnie will be sedated for the 3rd time this month for his second surgery this month — all because of cancer,” the post said. “If he can do that, you can donate blood and platelets.”

It’s World Cancer Day. Today Quinnie will be sedated for the 3rd time this month for his second surgery this month-all because of cancer. If he can do that, you can donate blood and platelets 💛

Posted by The Mighty Quinn on Thursday, February 4, 2021

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