Jace Ward had one goal when he died of a brain tumor a year ago: to make the path easier for others. A year later, his mother still pursues that dream.
Lisa Ward’s son Jace has been gone for exactly a year now. But his impact on the care of children with brain cancer continues. Lisa is making sure of that.
Jace, of Wamego, Kansas, was 20 and a sophomore at Kansas State University when he was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, DIPG, a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer that usually strikes younger children. Affecting about 300 Americans a year, DIPG spreads its tentacles through the brainstem where functions like breathing and movement are controlled.