In July of 2018, LJ Wells of Granville was diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC). ACC is extremely rare with only one person in one million being affected in the United States per year. ACC is typically diagnosed in patients under the age of five or in their forties and fifties. It also is seen more frequently in women. With LJ's age at diagnosis being 17, combined with his gender, the odd of him being affected by this type of cancer is closer to one in three million!
LJ received chemotherapy and immunotherapy from October 2018 through April of 2019. Unfortunately, LJ was nonresponsive to both treatments. Throughout LJ's journey he has had many different tests that have revealed cancer throughout his body, including his lungs, abdomen, liver and his heart. Currently LJ is taking an oral chemotherapy and recent tests have shown that progression of the disease has slowed; however, recent results have shown that LJ has a large mass in his lungs at his airway and also new growth in his liver and adrenal bed that are of course concerning.
LJ's current course of treatment is to continue the oral steroid and palliative radiation. Even as LJ is dealing with everything associated with this rare form of cancer, he is currently a freshman studying education at North Dakota State University in Fargo! LJ has aspirations of being a history teacher as well as coaching football and basketball. He has shown the face of fearlessness throughout his journey with the incredible strength and positivity that for which he has come to be known.\
One other attribute that makes LJ such a special individual is his selflessness. In his time of pain and anguish, he has always maintained a genuine concern for everyone else's well-being over his own. LJ will be a terrific educator as he carries himself with a welcoming and nurturing disposition and an amazing ability to listen when it's needed and offer suggestions of help to those that need it most. If there are odds stacked against him, LJ will not waver. He has shown time and again that he will rise and inspire others by showing the true meaning of determination and conviction.