By. Erika Heeren
Betting On A Cure is focused on supporting local leukemia patients and survivors. On May 21, 2016, the community will have an opportunity to give to life-saving research for our friends and neighbors right here in Idaho who have been impacted by this devastating cancer.
Today, and every week leading up to Betting On A Cure, we’re going to share one of their stories.
This week’s Survivor Story comes from one of our speakers for Betting On A Cure, 18-year old Wyatt.
In August of 2006, Wyatt was a normal, healthy 8-year-old boy at Optimist Football practice, preparing for the upcoming season.
Then, he wasn’t.
On September 1st that year, Wyatt was diagnosed with ALL, or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Wyatt’s battle with cancer began with a week in the hospital and a complete halt to all normal childhood activities. During the next year-and-a-half, Wyatt had numerous chemotherapy treatments and the required steroids.
These treatments, while beating the cancer, added to Wyatt’s discomfort, making him ill in new ways for periods of time.
A side effect of the steroids, Wyatt developed Avascular Necrosis in his legs, which is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. He has titanium rods in both thigh bones to protect and strengthen his legs.
Wyatt’s wish is for new cancer treatments that might avoid such serious side effects.
“I would never wish anyone else to experience what I went through. It sucked.”
To hear more of Wyatt’s inspirational story, join us on May 21 at the Boise Centre from 7pm to midnight. Enjoy live music, a prime rib dinner, a live auction, and more to raise funds in support of cancer research.