Myer is one tough cookie.

Myer Murphy, 8, was diagnosed in 2015 with a rare skull-base tumor called a dermoid cyst of the cavernous sinus. He was surgically treated in January 2017 by Dr. Paul Kanev, who has only encountered seven such cysts in 30 years as a neurosurgeon.

A few months after his sixth birthday, he endured an eight-hour neurosurgery, a seven-day hospital stay and a grueling four-month-long recovery.

In 2015, headaches and vision problems gave way to a cascade of unusual symptoms that brought Myer and his parents to Connecticut Children’s.

His diagnosis was startling: A rare, benign skull-base tumor the size of a walnut was pressing on a cranial nerve.

Myer would need a complex surgery to remove the mass.

A bleeding disorder put him at risk of hemorrhage during and after the procedure—and because of the tumor’s location, there was a chance he could lose vision in his left eye.

Thanks to gifts from generous supporters, kids, like Myer, receive the expert care they need, close to home.

Today, Myer is tumor-free, stronger than ever and proud to show off his scar.

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