Honored Kid

Hunter Neelley

Hunter Neelley Kid Photo


Elizabeth, CO, US



Date of Diagnosis

May 2010


Passed away

Treated At

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center

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My Story

Hunter Neelley was an active kid who enjoyed camping, basketball, fishing, hunting, baseball and pretty much anything outdoors related. He enjoyed school because he was able to hang out with his friends who he loved very much. In May of 2010, Hunter was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma with a large tumor on his right leg. Hunter endured a year of chemo treatment and 10 surgeries for the resection of his right femur and walked with crutches for 16 months. After that long journey, Hunter’s cancer was in full remission and we enjoyed a year and a half cancer free. As with any time we had with Hunter, we lived life to the fullest and enjoyed many vacations from the beaches of Hawaii to the highest of the Rocky Mountains. During one of our routine scans, Hunter’s cancer had come back in his lungs. Hunter would endure another 7 surgeries and the removal of part of his lungs. After a year and half battle, Hunter succumbed to this terrible disease on October 12, 2014. Throughout Hunter’s journey, he touched thousands of lives with his glowing smile, his primary concern for everyone other than himself, and is positive attitude. These attributes were evident by the thousands who viewed his memorial service and the legacy that has continued to live on after his death. Hunter Neelley truly lived his legacy!

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