Dylan was 13 months old when doctors diagnosed him with bilateral optic gliomas—rare and inoperable brain tumors that had integrated with his optic nerves. His symptoms led to a subsequent diagnosis of a genetic disorder, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), which causes tumors in the nervous system as well as learning disabilities.
Dylan went through three years of chemotherapy to shrink the tumors, but the physical toll of his illness and treatments prevented him from enrolling in preschool programs. When Dylan was 3, his parents discovered the Jordan Child & Family Enrichment Center, which serves typically and atypically developing preschoolers and has experience with medically fragile children. At the Jordan Center, a program of Methodist Home for Children, Dylan got the support and socialization he needed to be ready for kindergarten.