Honored Kid

Kaitlynn Burbridge

Age 21
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Location

Ashland , MO, US

Diagnosis

Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

June 2014

Status

In treatment

Treated At

MU Women's and Children's Hospital

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My Story

Kaitlynn was your typical carefree teenage girl. Enjoying friends, playing soccer, dancing, and singing.  In late Spring 2014 Kaitlynn first noticed a bump on her left leg. It didn't hurt, wasn't warm to the touch, or discolored so we assumed it was just an injury from soccer. We waited quite some time thinking it would eventually go away. At the end of May Kaitlynn finally asked if we would have it looked at. We made an appointment with her pediatrician and it has been a whirlwind ever since. It took two biopsies to confirm that Kaitlynn has Ewings Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in her left tibia. She started chemotherapy for the three months following to shrink the tumor as much as possible prior to surgery. October 28th, 2014 Kaitlynn finally had her surgery. This was a very extensive, 13 hour surgery, on both legs. The doctor took her fibula from her right left along with tissue, blood vessels, and a donor bone to rebuild her left leg where the cancerous bone was removed. For the first couple of months she was non-ambulatory but now is able to walk with crutches using her right leg. At the end of January 2015 the cast from her left leg was removed and placed in a brace that goes above the ankle and below the knee. She started physical therapy to regain her range of motion and will gradually learn to use her leg as it continues to heal. Kaitlynn started chemotherapy again December of 2015 for another 22 weeks. After she completes this chemo regimen they will re-scan her from head to toe and let us know if she has no evidence of disease or if she has to continue. We are very hopeful for clean scans and after a hard year for Kaitlynn that she can start to regain some teenage normalcy. Thank you for supporting Kaitlynn and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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