Beating an aggressive brain tumor at the age of four

At the young age of two and a half, Lennox Allen was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor.

This was devastating news for his family, especially his mother Carly Allen, who was pregnant with her third son at the time.

At the time of his diagnosis, there were no pediatric neurosurgeons at UF Health, so they called in one to save the day.

Dr. Governale was in the process of moving down from Ohio when he got the call to operate on Lennox.

Dr. Governale is familiar with the atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor he removed from Lennox's brain.

The AT/RT tumor is a form of pediatric cancer that is common in children under three years of age.

After the eight hour surgery, Lennox would undergo several more months of Chemotherapy and recovery.

With the help of Dr. Governale, Dr. Gururangan, a team at UF Health, and his family, Lennox is now cancer free.

Lennox is now enrolled in a special education program at school.
He will experience some side affects, but doctors say he is on the right path to a normal life.