On June 11, 2010, I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) stage 2b. The tumor was in my left leg from my knee down. My life as a 12-year-old boy changed forever. I received chemotherapy at Upstate Hospital 2-3 weeks each month for a year. I was inpatient for all my treatments. On September 8, 2010, I had rotationplasty surgery to remove the tumor. It is a very unique surgery. The doctors amputate the leg and remove the cancerous parts and reattach the leg so that the knee is my foot, giving me a natural knee joint. But on September 10, 2010, I had an emergency amputation due to vascular issues. I have an above the knee amputation of my left leg. I also had an infection in my stump in October, which put me in the hospital for 3 weeks. On March 30, 2011, I had a revision of the stump to shave the bone down further as it was growing too fast. I have a prosthetic leg.
I was very athletic, playing point guard on my basketball team and I also played baseball. I missed my entire 6th grade year of school. I was tutored at home. After my year of treatment, my goal was to play sports again! I finished treatment in June 2011.
I am almost 3 years NED(No evidence of disease)!! I’ve played football, basketball, golf & swimming for my school. I made sectionals in swimming this year, my first year on the team!! I also relearned how to ride a bike this past summer, a personal goal of mine. I also speak at cancer events about childhood cancer & being disabled. I hope to be a police officer & motivational speaker one day.
The doctors, nurses, and support system at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital are wonderful. We are so blessed to have such an amazing facility near our home. We WILL Either Find A Way Or Make One!