Age 19, Avon CT, Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (AKA Bone Cancer), 4 years of NED
In 2013 Hunter was half way through his 8th grade when the pain in his left leg was too much to bear. An X-ray would show a mass on his tibia which would be malignant. Hunter would face the battle of his life for the next year and ultimately lose his leg to Osteo Sarcoma.
Hunter was 13 when he was diagnosed, just entering his teenage years. A time when he should be focused on friends, school and sports, he was faced with grueling rounds of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries in attempt to save his leg. Through it all, he kept his hope alive and when asked how he was making it through such an awful fate with high spirits he would respond "Attitude is everything".
Having an above the knee amputation has been an adjustment, however, Hunter focuses on the fact that he has been cancer free for over 4 years and although he lost his leg, he has his life, and not all of his fellow fighters do.
To get to know the incredible strength and fortitude of Hunter, just read his High School yearbook quote: “The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on” -Barack Obama
So here is to Hunter Miller and all the other survivors who are pressing on!
Age 14, Connecticut, Glioblastoma Multiforme IV, Currently On Chemotherapy For Maintenance
We know a girl who always has a smile on her face, Morgan! Morgan smiles because of her “Be Strong Be Positive” attitude which has her defying the odds despite daily challenges that very few can understand.
June 15, 2011 is the day that is forever in Morgan’s history book. Thankfully, Morgan was rushed to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) after suffering a seizure that left her unconscious. They were able to diagnose her with a brain tumor, give her medication to hold off the seizures and send her home until surgery. Her surgery was two-fold. First, they attached electrodes to the tumor site to map out where the tumor was in her speech and language corridor - this helped to reduce permanent damage to the area. Based on the mapping, she received surgery to remove some of the tumor.
Since the tumor was not in an entirely operable position she received radiation in addition to the standard of care. Treatments required bi-weekly trips to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, her family said how thankful they were to be able to get treatment so close to home as this would have been extremely difficult to manage with a sibling. Since her diagnosis she has had 2 additional surgeries and another round of radiation along with continued chemotherapy to maintain her current status. The doctors and nurses at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are like members of our family now.
Morgan is excited to begin her freshman year of high school in the Fall. She enjoys snow skiing, photography and fashion but most important, she enjoys raising funds and awareness for all kids with cancer.