March 14th, 2013
We just received some GREAT news … Bryce, our LLS Boy of the Year will be attending our event with his family! Please read Bryce’s story below.
There will be beer tasting, finger foods, and silent auction in a fun country western atmosphere. Maybe you can win the piece of art we donated. It is a texture piece layered with gold leaf and then patina processed using a sulfur mineral. Then it is painted and coated with a special type epoxy to give it more depth and dimension and to protect the finish.
2013 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Boy of the Year Bryce Washington
Bryce has been self motivated and very determined to do his best and succeed in all that he does since the day he was born. He is not one to let someone or something get the best of him and those characteristics have proven essential during the last 10 months.
In the fall of 2011 at the age of 10, Bryce began having some vague shoulder pain. The pediatrician was stumped and orthopedists were unable to identify an underlying cause. None of the blood work, MRIs, or x-rays showed anything. As parents, we knew “something” was wrong, but what could it be? His physician decided to admit him to the hospital for a “thorough and comprehensive” workup on April 2, 2012. On April 3, an oncologist reviewed Bryce?s history and decided to perform a bone marrow biopsy to take the diagnosis of a possible malignancy “off of the table”.
Our lives were forever changed on April 4, 2012 when our worst fears, the fears that we had not allowed ourselves to consider seriously, were confirmed when Bryce was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia . Our baby boy had cancer. Initially, we didn’t cry, although we have since shed gallons. We just looked at each other. Never had we felt so completely defeated.
He began intense chemotherapy immediately – on his brother?s 12th birthday. He responded very well to treatment and was in remission within the first 28 days. He is now receiving chemotherapy orally at home and by IV or injection to his spinal canal monthly at the clinic. This regimen will continue until July 2015.
It is because of continued research over the years that Bryce is doing so well today. On behalf of our family, we thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society so that someday leukemia will be a thing of the past. No child should have to endure such a horrible disease.
The original story can be found here.