Hazel’s cancer has returned to both eyes

Amherst baby returning to Toronto Aug. 30 for possibly more chemo

Published on August 10, 2017

Thirteen-month-old Hazel Rhindress and her parents, Chris Rhindress and Holly Timmons, will return to the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital on Aug. 30, as she continues to fight retinoblastoma.

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AMHERST, N.S. – Thirteen-month-old Hazel Rhindress and her parents made the trip to the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital earlier this month, and are scheduled to return on Aug. 30.

The youngster is battling retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer of the eye.

Hazel is doing amazing. These hospital trips do not seem to be bothering her.  

Holly Timmons, mother

“Hazel’s cancer has come back to both eyes and has grown double in size, and is at risk of spreading to other parts of her body,” said Hazel’s mother, Holly Timmons. “A stronger fourth chemo medicine that is only available at Toronto Sick Kids may have to be given to her, depending on if, in three weeks, the tumour in her left eye has grown or stayed the same.”

While this was clearly not the news the young family was hoping for, they thanked all of those who have donated to help them with their travel expenses, and those who have prayed for their daughter.

Despite the hardship, Hazel seems unaffected, according to her mom.

“Hazel is doing amazing,” said Timmons. “These hospital trips do not seem to be bothering her. We were in Toronto for three days, and it was nice up there. The Sick Kids Hospital is amazing, and the staff are really nice as well.”

Hazel’s parents, Timmons and Chris Rhindress, were able to make the trip with their daughter thanks to a fundraising campaign. The GoFundMe page, titled “Baby Hazel’s Battle with Cancer” is still online and accepting donations.

“We still need help for when we go up on the 30th, because we do not know how long we will be up there for,” she said.

The GoFundMe page is available here.