September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 13, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Sean Dever. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Sean’s Fund.
Sean Dever’s Story:
After LAX camp, in June 2007, Sean started limping and complaining about pain in his knee. Being an avid sportsman, who lived and breathed competition, there was nothing unusual about Sean getting hurt or banged up. But the pain continued and it became obvious things weren’t okay. An initial x-ray did not discover anything alarming but as the pain increased, and Sean was having trouble walking, we insisted on an MRI.
The July 11 MRI revealed osteosarcoma in his left distal femur, or bone cancer above the growth plate in his left knee. We quickly found ourselves thrust into the world of pediatric cancer; before us lay 30 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the cancerous bone, uncertainty and fear. Sean was only 11 years old.
The doctors, nurses, child life specialists and countless volunteers at our children’s hospital saw that our every need was met and that Sean had the best care possible. We were immediately surrounded by family and friends and a community we had never fully appreciated before. We reached out to those who had lived this nightmare, many of them already being our friends. I don’t know where we would be today without their guidance, friendships and strong shoulders to lean on. We are forever grateful.
During his treatment, Sean was tough as nails; he realized an inner strength and was determined to fight the good fight. Amazingly, ten days after having his left leg amputated, he insisted on returning to school, he missed his friends. That month he wrote an assignment for school entitled “Resilient” –
I can withstand any obstacle you or anyone throws at me. For example, right now as we speak, I am finishing up a fight with cancer. Do not feel sorry for me, because I am fine. My dad, mom and a lot of other people have said that I am the strongest person they know. I think otherwise, because I do not like to think highly of myself. If you look at me you would not think I was strong. I assure you that I will die of old age.
In March 2008, Sean finished up his cancer treatment, and went full force into physical therapy. His goal was to get stronger and get on with his athletic endeavors. Today, Sean is cancer-free, we still go in for three-month scans, he is on his fourth prosthetic, he is at school every day with his friends, he is the go-to-man for three-pointers on his basketball team, he has finished up his lacrosse season and is starting football. Sean can, and will, do anything he sets his mind to.
We have just passed the two-year anniversary date of Sean’s diagnosis; little did we know that day that our family would come out the other end stronger and with a determination to help find a cure for this awful disease. We are truly blessed.
About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:
September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!
Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.
For more information, please click here.
About CURE Childhood Cancer:
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.
The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.
Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.
Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.
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Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.