Condition: Ewing's Sarcoma
City, State: Portland, OR
Club: Reynolds High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 1/10/2019
Joseph's Story:In June, Joseph was enjoying his last few days of basketball camp with friends when he was accidentally kneed in the leg. It swelled and didn’t seem like anything. However, after a few weeks, the swelling had not gone down, so a trip to the doctor seemed like a good idea. An x-ray quickly showed a small break in his fibula but something else concerned them, as the x-ray didn’t look right.
Over the next few weeks, Joseph went through a series of tests and procedures. First, an MRI revealed a large mass, so a biopsy was scheduled days later. A PET and CT scan followed revealing a few spots on his right lung. A week later, doctors knew Joseph had Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer. Being injured during basketball camp allowed doctors to catch the cancer early and was a blessing in disguise.
Joseph’s world turned upside down and his treatments started immediately. On August 17, doctors surgically placed a port in his chest to prepare for the chemotherapy that was to follow. The chemo for this type of cancer requires two days of treatment in the hospital, one week off and then back for five days of chemo in the hospital, with another week off in-between. The first few rounds of chemo have been rough with nausea, tiredness and weakness. However, Joseph wanted to start the school year so he attempted to go to school the first few days. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized instead, as his body’s white cell count could not fight off infection. Rather than starting his eighth grade year at school, he spent it in the hospital.
Joseph has only begun his journey with cancer. He is scheduled for six rounds of chemotherapy. Hopefully after that, doctors will then be able to go in and remove what is left of the tumor. Then another eight rounds of chemo will follow as well as possible radiation treatments.
Joseph is strong and with the love and support of his family, he is ready to fight this battle. He loves drawing, basketball and comic books. His dream is to be an animator, game designer or action adventure author, although, he may just end up being a professional basketball player too!
Joseph will be adopted as a Sparrow to Reynolds High. Students will work hard to not only love and support him, but raise money for Joseph through sponsored community service and fundraising.