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Local 7-Year-Old Diagnosed With Rare Brain Tumor

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A little boy in Belton celebrated his seventh birthday on Sunday, but sadly it could be the last birthday he celebrates.

Conrad Avila has a rare type of brain tumor that doctors found this week and his family is asking for support from the community.

The medical term for this tumor is Difuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. It's most commonly found in children between the ages of five and ten.

Conrad's tumor can't be removed because of where it is on his brain.

The family is going forward with radiation therapy, but if he doesn't respond well to it, he may only live six to twelve months. 

That's why they're doing everything they can to make the most of their time together. They're planning trips to the zoo -- and maybe even Disneyland. 

They celebrated his birthday with a big party at Chuck E. Cheese's on Sunday, but the family is still in shock after hearing the diagnosis just three days ago.

"It's unexpected," said his 26-year-old brother Jesse Avila. "He's a member of our family. He's supposed to be the next generation in our family and it's just tough on everybody."

They're asking for help from the community to host a fundraiser in two weeks.

They plan on cooking up brisket sandwiches and some baked goods, but they still need a place to hold the event. 

If you'd like to help Conrad and his family, visit their website.

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