Cancer has taken a few swings at Jeffrey, of Williston, but Jeffrey has a quick dodge and a stronger left hook. In August of 2014, at the age of nine, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in his left heel bone. Jeffrey went through 11 months of treatment, had five months of remission and then the Ewing’s sarcoma came back, but this time it had metastasized to the left lung. He completed the second round of treatment, which included chemotherapy, radiation and an auto stem cell transplant. In December of 2019, Jeffrey was moved to the long-term survivorship care program. He still has scans and checkups every six months, but in June of this year, he will have been in remission for four years!
Summarizing it all in the paragraph above makes it sound like Jeffrey’s treatment was simple. Behind the scenes, it has been much more challenging, but you won’t hear Jeffrey complain about it. During the first round of treatment, Jeffrey’s left leg was amputated below the knee. Since then, he has faced multiple broken bones and fractures. Currently, he is wheel-chair bound due to his femur breaking again. This time it broke just above his knee of his amputated leg. He also has a fracture in his left wrist and radius. He is still being closely watched for stage 2 kidney disease and dangerously high iron levels, but so far he is stable!
Otherwise, Jeffrey is doing amazingly well. He is now 15 and has just started growth hormone therapy. This will also help to strengthen his bones, hopefully resulting in far fewer fractures. He enjoys hunting and fishing and was recently able to go on a hunt in Colorado, which was the highlight of his year.