The two-year old son of a former Dexter woman and grandson of Dean and Carolyn Carrol of Dexter, is facing the challenges of ganglioneuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.
Mike and Elizabeth (Carrol) Albritton now reside near St. Louis, where both are teachers. Mike is a fifth grade teacher in the Ft. Zumwalt School District and Elizabeth is a psychological examiner in the Francis Howell School District.
Since their son, Drew's diagnosis, they have spent 31 nights in a St. Louis hospital, and both parents have been forced to miss workdays while treatments and surgeries have taken place.
Since the diagnosis, the child has faced two rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell harvest multiple tests and procedures, and most recently surgery to remove a portion of the tumor that was pressing on his spinal cord. According to family members, he still faces additional chemotherapy, yet another major surgery, a stem cell transplant, radiation, immunotherapy, and extensive physical therapy.
In the midst of Drew's treatment, the Albrit-ton's are expecting a baby girl in November.
With mounting medical expenses and with both parents having exhausted their sick days in the workplace, friends in the Dexter area have come together to organize fundraising activities and sales to benefit the Albritton family.
A T-shirt fundraiser is underway with sales planned through at least the end of October. Short-sleeved T-shirts are available from Youth Small through Adult XL for $15, and from 2X through 4X for $18.
Additionally, long-sleeved T-shirts are available for $25 to $28, and hoodies are available for $25, and $27, with the 4X size for $28. Toddler sizes will also be made available if ample orders are received.
For more information regarding the sale of the shirts, go online to the Trains for Drew Albritton Facebook page. For ordering information, call Hilary Pyle at 573-614-1667 or Caitlin Pyle at 573-624-0901.
Also underway is a pork loin sale to take place on Saturday, Nov. 10. The loins are $25 each and must be pre-ordered by contacting Angela Duncan at 421-3612 or Toni Pyle at 624-0276. Checks should be made out to Toni Pyle, 16985 Circle Hill Dr., Dexter, Mo. 63841