‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Actor Fighting For His Life

Actor Barton Cowperthwaite is probably best known for his role on the TV series “Tiny Pretty Things.” He is also credited as a dancer in multiple projects, including the TV mini-series “Fosse/Verdon” and the TV series “The Metropolitan Opera HD Live.”

Now, Cowperthwaite is fighting for his life, but he seems very optimistic that he will make a full recovery. In a post on Instagram on November 11, 2023, Cowperthwaite explained that he has been “diagnosed with at least a stage 2 Glioma.” Since many people have probably not heard of Glioma before, he explained, “It is a fairly decent sized brain tumor.”

While brain cancer certainly sounds serious, there is some good news. Cowperthwaite explained, “The tumor’s cells originate in the brain, so it’s not spread from a cancer anywhere else in the body.”

Cowperthwaite is anticipating brain surgery in about a week. He explained, “The only course of treatment for something like this is brain surgery. Docs so far have been confident that they’ll be able to remove most of the tumor, and that after a successful operation, and some rehab, I will be operating like my (amazing, talented, brilliant, hilarious) self. That being said it seems like scans and check ups will be apart of my life for its lengthy remainder.”

Currently, Cowperthwaite and his family “are taking several days to get second opinions,” but the plan is for him to undergo brain surgery “middle or end of next week.” He plans to keep his followers updated “about the journey,” and he anticipates “bouncing back to be better than my former glory!”

In an update posted to Instagram, Cowperthwaite explained how he found out he had brain cancer. In a video posted to the social media platform, he explained, “Over the past eight weeks, I have had several seizers, the most recent of which landed me in the ER. They were able to perform a CAT scan which discovered an abnormality, and from that point they sent me to a different facility to get further imaging done. And the MRI showed a lemon sized Glioma in my right frontal lobe.

In another update, Cowperthwaite shared that he has decided to start a GoFundMe to help pay for medical expenses and to pay for his family to stay in New York so they can be with him while he is undergoing surgery and recovering.

On the fundraiser page, Cowperthwaite explained what was going on his life before he received his diagnosis and how his diagnosis is impacting him financially. He wrote, “When I received the diagnosis, I was days away from starting rehearsal for an awesome off broadway play. This of course, following a pandemic that rocked my industry, and a strike that postponed a show I was going to be filming over the summer. Trust me, I find it hilariously ironic that I was diagnosed the exact same day the SAG strike ended.”

Cowperthawaite also explained why he was hesitant to start a fundraiser. He wrote, “I was on the fence about starting a fundraiser because I consider myself to be someone who lives in extremely blessed and fortunate circumstances. I still do. But the financial requirements of this situation are very large and my family and I could use all the help we can get.”

At the time of publication, the GoFundMe has already raised $77,000 of it’s $100,000 goal, and it was created just 2 days ago.