CORNELIUS, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A mom whose son died of a rare form of pediatric brain cancer isn’t sure what to think about a recent claim of a cure for cancer.
“Being told that your child has a terminal cancer with a less than 1% survival rate, all you’re doing is sitting around waiting for that last day,” said Jennifer Thompson.
That day came on October 5, 2018.
“That’s how we lived for 347 days, full of fear, full of anxiety wondering if today was going to be the day,” Thompson said.
After months of treatment, Thompson’s 5-year-old son, nicknamed “Warrior Jace,” died from a rare aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer known as DIPG.
“It is horrific and horrifically destructive. Immediately from the day Jace was diagnosed, he immediately started deteriorating.”
Thompson refuses to give up. The mom and Captain with the Cornelius Police Department is fighting for a cure.
“Jace’s story isn’t over,” Thompson said.
She doesn’t know what to make of a recent claim of a cure for cancer. A group of researchers in Israel from a company called AEBi claim a cure could happen within a year.
"It is fairly unrealistic,” said Vince Luca, a cancer researcher in Tampa.
"It’s not really fair for them I think to announce something like this without really properly vetting it,” Luca said.
AEBi tells Fox 46 Charlotte it stands behind its research. The company says its treatment, known as multi-target toxin, targets cancer stem cells, eliminating the chances of recurrence.
Researchers say the cure, which so far has been tested in mice and not humans, would be effective from day one. The patient would be administered the exact cocktail to cure the disease.
“There’s a lot of different feelings. I hope it’s true, but then again, I hope it’s not true because we just barely missed it,” said Thompson.
She’s working to start a foundation to raise money for clinical trials in Jace’s name.
“I don’t want parents to have to go through that. I don’t want a mom to go through that,” Thompson said through tears.
Every night Thompson listens to a video of her son telling her, “I love you.” Jace is the reason she keeps fighting for a cure.