In July 2013 Clarkie was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that only affects 250 people a year. After struggling with leg pain throughout his spring lacrosse season, we finally pushed for an MRI. It showed a mass in his upper right femur. Clarkie’s treatment involved 34 weeks of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the top half of his femur and replace it with a titanium prosthesis and donor bone.
Throughout treatment Clarkie amazed us with his strength, positivity, sense of humor and resilience. Our good friend and cancer survivor, Matt Smalley, told Clarkie that he needed to battle through his treatments, stay strong, stay positive, be healthy and do his best to achieve the small victories throughout this process. Clarkie followed those words of wisdom, completed treatment in May 2014 and is now celebrating his “no evidence of disease” status.
Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the US and Canada, yet childhood cancer research is underfunded. Please join us in our efforts to change this and conquer childhood cancers.