…131 Days Until Race Day
Let’s have a feel good story today.
This is Sean.
When Sean was 9-years old, he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma which is a tumor in the bone.
Due to the tumor being located in his right femur above his knee, Sean lost a good portion of his leg.
When he first heard this, he cried.
But, then he found out what that meant…he wouldn’t have cancer anymore and he could have a surgery called rotationplasty.
Rotationplasty is a type of autograft wherein a portion of a limb is removed, while the remaining limb below the involved portion is rotated and reattached.
Typically, the ankle joint becomes the knee joint. The limb is rotated because the ankle flexes in the opposite direction compared to the knee. The benefit to the patient is that they have a functioning knee joint and can run and jump.
Sean’s parents allowed Sean to choose his surgery as it was his life.
Sean is now 12-years-old and has overcome so much…learning how to walk with a prosthesis, running, playing swim.
However, nothing has stopped him.
Sean has been invited on 2 ski trips, skiing on 2 skis with no poles.
He is a member of a swim team where he has excelled and has just overall overcome any challenge put on him
Sean’s family calls December 18, 2013, Magic
Port removed Dec 23, 2013
So, this being December 18, a significant day for Sean, I ran for him today. AND, since his treatment lasted 9 months, I tried to run my entire run at 9 minute pace.
We were close, Sean. Really close.
Who will you meet tomorrow?