Why I Walk
I am thrilled to be a part of the 9th Annual Hope & Heroes Walk on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 to support children with cancer and blood disorders and their families.
As many of you know, when I was 9 years old I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma -- a bone cancer -- in my right femur. I endured 10 months of chemotherapy and underwent a life-changing surgery which removed the tumor and the affected bones and muscles from my leg and replaced my femur and knee joint with titanium alternates. It has been almost 10 years since I finished treatment and last fall marked 10 years since the surgery that saved my leg and my life.
In the years since, I have spoken at Hope & Heroes' annual fundraising dinner, been the guest of honor at an NYCFC game at Yankee Stadium, and have continued to walk and raise money to give back to this organization which has supported my family and myself over the last decade.
While I was in the hospital, I made a beautiful and inspiring friend named Sienna. It is for her and her family that I walk. I am so lucky to have known Sienna and to have experienced her wisdom, even when we were just 10 years old. My time spent in the hospital would have been much less tolerable and colorful without her.
Donating to Hope & Heroes helps children with cancer get the best care they can by funding research and treatment. Every dollar counts!
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