Osteosarcoma Survivor Now A Talented Dancer

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“Dance, dance for today and dance for tomorrow.”

Valory Newton was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on November 19th, 2014. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is a dancer and a “Dancers Against Cancer” junior hope ambassador.

The Diagnosis

She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on November 19, 2014, in left lower leg.

The Journey

“On November 19, 2014, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the left lower leg. I was just 9 years old at the time. I had to travel to Columbus Ohio to visit a specialist in bone cancers. On December 6th, 2014, I started my first chemotherapy and after several treatments on February 27th, 2016 I had limb salvage surgery to remove the tumor and a portion of my lower leg bone along with the nerve that runs down the lower leg.

Approximately one week later my mom got a call from the specialist saying they got most of the tumor and while the tumor was 95% necrotic the 5% that wasn’t necrotic was up against the other bone in my leg that wasn’t removed, so myself and my parents made the decision to amputate just above the knee to reduce the chances of recurrence of the tumor.

So on April 23, 2015, I had an above the knee amputation and we had a specialist that had never done surgery on a kid and only on wounded soldiers get special clearance to so nerve innervation post the amputation. At the time of the surgery, I was the only kid in the world to have this nerve innervation done and only ten had been done in the United States and only 100 in the world at the time so I considered myself fortunate and special.

After my surgery, I continued to finish my chemotherapy and on December 21, 2015, I finished my chemotherapy. Today I am 3 years cancer free!! During my chemo and surgeries, I continued my passion of dancing and competing the dance community has been one of my biggest supporters.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My motivation was my family and my love of dance.”

Biggest hindrance

“Being away from family and friends and spending the rest of one year in the hospital.”

Message to other cancer patients

“Love every day like it’s your last and enjoy now.”

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