Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Community Rallies for Wood River Valley Boy
Sebi and his sister Emiko have grown up in the Wood River Valley.
Monday, June 28, 2021


It seemed like a mere inconvenience when 11-year-old Sebastian “Sebi” Dutcher had to be sidelined for a concussion protocol when he got whammed in the head by a soccer ball last week.

But the 11-year-old soon learned he was facing much bigger challenge when a CT scan ordered by his doctor as a precaution and a later MRI in Boise revealed an inoperable brain tumor.

The youngster was LifeFlighted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City as his symptoms worsened, and he is already undergoing treatment there.

Friends rallied to raise more than $38,000 in just 21 hours through a GoFundMe account. Among the contributors: Sebi Dutcher’s Sun Valley Soccer Club, which donated $500. The money will help the young boy’s family pay for his treatment, their travel and lost wages.

"Sebi is many things, among them a disciplined athlete, a patient big brother to his sister Emiko, a teller of riddles, and a master of cornhole," said Timothy Mott, the family friend who started a fundraiser for Sebi. "We love him dearly and are committed to supporting his family through this painstaking process."

Dutcher, the son of Garrick and Kirstin Dutcher, has already had a shunt installed in his brain. Doctors have biopsied his tumor and run the boy through multiple MRIs. He began radiation treatment on June 24. It is expected to run through July 13.

His treatment consists of intravenous steroid therapy and 13 treatments of fractionated radiating therapy. Depending on the response, he may have options to participate in clinical trials for chemotherapeutics in July or August.

“He has a big fight ahead and we are all prepared to help him with his battle,” said Mott. “As you can imagine, the emotional and financial toll his treatments will require will be overwhelming for the Dutcher family. Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated and will be directly applied to his medical plan.”

To contribute, go to: https://gf.me/v/c/722m/supporting-sebi-dutcher


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