The Mastic Beach community and beyond are doing their best to wrap their arms around a 10-year-old boy battling for his life against an aggressive brain tumor.
Bradley Wolmart of Mastic Beach had emergency surgery in April 2020 to remove the tumor, just one day after he was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma. Chemotherapy, radiation and an additional surgery kept the tumor from returning — until early last month, when Bradley’s family learned the tumor had returned and could not be operated on due to its location on his brain.
Over the last two weeks, more than 100 donors have contributed more than $9,000 on the GoFundMe page established by Bradley’s dad Richard. The father’s heartfelt plea seeks financial assistance with medical bills, as well as for transportation, housing and food expenses if Bradley is able to participate in a trial treatment later this month.
“Most importantly, I ask for prayers. Pray for Bradley to receive a miracle, pray for us as a family to find ways to get through this impossible time,” Richard Wolmart wrote.
Richard Wolmart said Bradley has started a new chemotherapy treatment “with the hopes that it may help to give my family and I a little more time with my son.”
Bradley often has difficulty with speech, has lost much of the mobility in his dominant arm, is showing signs of mobility loss in his right leg and is experiencing petit mal seizures, Wolmart said.
“Through all of this, he has been an amazing force,” he said. “He takes his medication without complaint and even when he is not feeling his best, somehow finds ways to enjoy each day.
“I will soon be taking a leave of absence to spend whatever time I have left with my boy,” Richard Wolmart continued. “But most importantly, I want to be able to spend this time helping Bradley to just have fun and be a typical 10-year-old. I wish for him to experience any and everything he dreams of.”
Following Bradley’s surgery last year at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, his older cousin Magen started a GoFundMe page for Bradley’s family that eventually raised $13,720.
Bradley turns 11 on Friday, July 9, and mailed birthday cards by the dozen have been pouring into his mailbox at home. “Bradley’s Big Day Drive By” is planned for Sunday, July 11, at 2:30 p.m. in front of his home at 115 Hemlock Drive in Mastic Beach.
Participants are encouraged to line up on West Aspen Road — the same block that St. Jude Roman Catholic Church is located on.