Austin's Heroes for Austin - Our Hero
Austin is nine years old and his fight against Osteosarcoma, a cancerous tumor that develops from bone cells, (osteoblasts, which start in the end of long bones) began at the end of July, 2017. In the earlier part of the month, Austin tripped and fell in the backyard while playing with his older brother. After that fall, the family noticed that Austin had developed a slight limp in his walk. As the summer progressed, Austin would wake up in the middle of the night crying with severe pain in his knee and his family also noticed that his limp was getting more pronounced. After visiting the doctor, they discovered that Austin had Osteosarcoma.
Soon after his diagnosis, Austin underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and in early November endured a seven hour surgical procedure to remove the tumor and install an implant to replace a significant portion of his thigh bone (femur). After surgery, Austin continued his treatments which are scheduled to be completed in April of 2018. Austin also began physical therapy after his surgery to re-learn walking and regain his mobility. After chemotherapy is completed, Austin is expected to continue his physical therapy and will have regular visits with his oncologist and orthopedic surgeon to guard against recurrence and adjust the length of his implant so that his legs can grow evenly as he grows into adulthood. Additional surgery is expected as his implant will need to be replaced by an adult implant once he finishes growing.