Imagine being born with cancer. Imagine coming into the world with all the cards stacked against you, too little to understand what’s happening or why, but not too little to be spared from the pain of it all. Imagine the fear and hopelessness of the parents, desperation enveloping them like a thick black cloud, too dark to let any light in.
Imagine that being just the start of a long medical journey.
So begins Heath’s story.
At just six weeks old, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. It most commonly affects children age 5 or younger, a monster that threatens to rip the joy from childhood.
Doctors were able to remove the malignant tumor, but in doing so, they were forced to sever most of the nerves that control his right leg. To this day, some 30 years later, he’s unable to really feel or move that leg. He was also diagnosed with Spina Bifida and scoliosis as a result of his cancer treatments.