Honored Kid

Sydney R

Sydney R Kid Photo


Cumming, GA, US


Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

August 2011



Treated At

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

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My Story

During the early months of 2011, Sydney began experiencing unexplained back spasms in the middle of the night. Because she was an active athlete participating in cheerleading, tumbling and dance, the immediate thought was muscle strain. We sought medical treatment 3 different times including a spinal xray at each visit. The xrays were read as "normal", never detecting the tumor growing on her T5 vertebrae. At the end of July Sydney began experiencing a change in her gait, numbness in her abdomen and she fell during a tumbling session while attempting a very simple tumble pass. She had a look of fear on her face that only a Mother recognizes. Our pediatrician scheduled a MRI on August 2nd. That day changed our lives forever. Sydney was immediately admitted into Scottish Rite and spinal surgery (lamenectomy) performed on August 4th to obtain a biopsy of the tumor and decompression of the spinal cord. Sydney was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. She completed 17 rounds of chemotherapy, 28 rounds of proton radiation (Jacksonville, FL) and 8 blood transfusions. Sydney completed therapy in May of 2012 and jumped right back into cheering and dancing full time. Unfortunately the pain in her back returned and in June of 2013 a follow up MRI/CT scan showed an increase of tissue at the original tumor site. A biopsy was performed in July and recurrence was detected. She was undergoing treatment again with surgery anticipated early 2014 to remove several vertebrae in hopes of a cure. She was a strong and brave child who's only desire is to be well and go to school. She was always an overachiever and in her honor we MUST find a cure for this dreaded disease and your donation will help. Thank You!

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