8 Years Old at Diagnosis
Wesley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) on March 29, 2011, after a chance fall and lucky x-ray. He was immediately thrust into the world of hospitals, doctors and the unknown. His parents had no idea what to expect with the treatments, how he would react or what they would do to their otherwise healthy son. After nine months of chemo treatments and a really-really long limb salvage surgery he was pronounced “No Evidence of Disease” for nine months. Then in October of 2012 there was a recurrence of the cancer in his lungs. Immediately they were again thrown into a life they did not choose.
Wesley had six more months of chemo and surgery on his lungs. His first set of post treatment scans, in April 2013, showed one small spot on his right lung that was too small to do anything about so the doctors just watched it for six months until it grew some and they could remove it. Another lung surgery. In the meantime it was discovered that his leg had not completely healed as they thought and in January of 2014 he had another lengthy surgery on his leg to fix the issues. Just when the family thought there might be a break in the action his scans in February displayed more cancer in his left lung. A third lung surgery.
Currently Wesley and his family are waiting for second and third opinions on how to continue his treatment. You see, there are more spots in his lungs and according to protocol osteosarcoma is now a “surgical cure”. He has already had all the chemo that has been tested and approved to work for it. They are hoping there are clinical trials he can qualify for. It is because of CureSearch, and the monies raised by the Ultimate Hike, that he may still have options.
Wesley’s mom and dad hiked the inaugural Dolly Sods Wilderness Ultimate Hike in 2013 and headed up team Wesley’s Warriors!! Wesley’s aunt was a volunteer as well. You will be sure to find them on the trail again in 2014!! Go Warriors!!!
For more information about the Ultimate Hike, visit www.UltimateHike.org.