Bill inspired by boy who died of rare disease

His life was brief, but impacted everyone he met. Now, his legacy could become known all over the state after inspiring a Texas lawmaker.

A Round Rock boy who passed away from brain cancer is inspiring a bill in the Texas legislature.

7-year-old Brock Fleming died in December after a seven-month battle with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG. DIPG is a rare and inoperable brain tumor at the base of the brain.

After hearing about Brock’s battle, Round Rock Representative Larry Gonzales decided to file House Bill 2986, which would make May 17 Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) Day.

HB 2986 was voted out of committee last week and now heads to the House of Representatives for a vote.

While he was still alive, Brock’s family started “Team Brock” to raise money for his treatments and research for the disease.

After his death, Team Brock continues to host fundraising events in his honor.

This Friday, May 12, there is a golf tournament to raise money to go toward The Cure Starts Now.

For information on the fundraiser and Team Brock, click here

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