NKY 11-year-old with rare brain cancer wishes to meet Bengals’ Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase

Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 6:39 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

DAYTON, Ky. (WXIX) -An 11-year-old with a rare form of brain cancer is wishing to meet his favorite Bengals players, Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase.

Gavin Hogie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma group three on June 6, 2022. His doctors say this is a very aggressive form of brain cancer with a low survival rate.

His family says the 11-year-old went through several weeks of radiation treatment and intensive chemotherapy treatments.

During the chemo, Hogie underwent several surgeries, but the fourth and last treatment landed him in the ICU. He eventually had to have an emergency MRI, and through the MRI, doctors found out that the cancer had been growing, Gavin’s father, Darren Hogie, said.

With nothing left to do, doctors gave Gavin and his family a final message.

“Go home and make as many memories as possible with him,” Darren said.

Gavin says he has been trying to keep his family calm during this difficult time.

“It takes a while to get used to knowing that, but then when you get used to that, it gets easy,” Gavin said.

Two Northern Kentucky residents, Brian Delaney and Brian Keith, heard about his story, so they dressed up in Bengals gear and delivered gifts and food to Gavin’s home.

“Just seeing what the family is going through and what the child is going through it just broke my heart and made me want to do something about it,” Keith said.

Amid his struggle, Gavin states that all he wants is to meet his two favorite players.

“They’re family members, and they’re the best players ever,” Gavin said.

The family says they have been invited to the Bengals game against the Tennesee Titans on Sunday and are hoping to make Gavin’s dream come true.

See a spelling or grammar error in our story? Please click here to report it.

Do you have a photo or video of a breaking news story? Send it to us here with a brief description.