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Ben is an OsteoSarcoma Survivor! Clear Scans 6 May 2013!
DX 5 Mar 08 at age 6, MAP complete 5 Oct 08.  Currently Ben is 12 years old link to Today Show from Oct 2012

Ben was diagnosed on 5 March 08 with Osteo Sarcoma in his upper right Tibia, his amputation was on 16 May 08. Chemo continues thru early OCT. 08

Many ask how we found this problem with Ben. He started complaining his leg hurt somewhere around the first of Feburary. We had just finished a snow ski trip in January over MLK week. I put off his pain as an injury to sking....he took some crazy falls, I taught him how to ski and he was quite the trooper. I figured he had pull something or twisted his knee.

I was very busy at work in Feb and after returning home after my 3d time away and he was still limping I decided it was time to ask our local doc. They did some blood work and shot a few xrays. Nothing conclusive, so they sent us to P'cola the next week. ODD, they sent us to an Onocologist, Kim is a nurse so that didn't sit well.

Well from P'cola they sent us to Shands @ the Univ. of Florida, the next week, we still didn't know nor were we expecting what hit us the first week of March.

We are very grateful for how early it seems we have caught the cancer. But, it did go down his tibia about 10cm which is a long way on a 6 year old. They have to take out all the bone that has cancer and this would not leave enough to work with for limb salvage. His age and this cancer is unusual. Ben has many years of growth ahead and his Doctor and many other doctors all felt limb amputation was Ben's best option.  Hind sight is 20/20, limb salvage would not allowed Ben to be an active fun loving child.  Amputation was a God Send, many Thanks to Dr. Mark Scarborough for taking my son's right leg off at the knee perfectly!

The more I read about Osteosarcoma, the more I know we are doing what is best for Ben. Surgery and rehab and relearning to walk will not be easy for Ben nor our family. But with God's help and some wonderful Doctors all will go well.

5 Oct 2008...Ben finished Chemo. Port removal was on 20 Nov with clean scans same day.. He will do antibiotics every Sat and Sun for 6 months and have scans done every 3 months for a couple of years.

Clean scans 16 Feb 2009.

Clean Scans 5 May 2009

Clear Scans 11 Aug 2009

Clear Scans 23 Nov 2009

Clear Scans 15 Feb 2010

2d leg delivery came on 15 May 2009, one day prior to his one year anniversary of amputation.

He is well on his way to recovery. If he is running around a soccer field next year we would be extactic, only time will tell.

Ben scored a goal in outdoor soccer on November 12, 2009, unbelievable.

Improved his time in the 1 mile run to 9:50 on 27 Jan 2010.

Jan 2010 starting the process of getting a new socket made, insurance is the first call.

Ran the YMCA Country Music Kids Marathon, he ran the last mile of this in Nashville, he did something around a 9:20 mile.

Jun of 2010 Ben ran a 8:49 mile at the Billy Bowlegs 1 mile Sundown Run, his first sub 9 minute mile.

August 25th Ben Slalom skied at All Can Ski clinic at Sea World San Antonio, major sponsor is San Antonio Sports


JC Baltz posted a new journal entry, "Last Entry".

6 years later, Ben Baltz is one lucky child, now a young man. We as a family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and generosity through this journey; we could ... Read more

lynn leone signed Ben's Guestbook.

I had the pleasure of flying with your dad.  He is so very proud!  I was impressed with the article in the American Way and then i saw the Today Show interview!  And it ... Read more

Melissa Rapp signed Ben's Guestbook.

I met you JC and Ben on the chair lift at Winter Park over spring break. I took a photo of you both at the top of the Prospector lift. Thanks for sharing your story. You ... Read more

Mary Beth Dever signed Ben's Guestbook.

It has been our honor to watch Ben and his parents fight through this cancer journey. When you hear those words "It's cancer" being said about your little boy you never ... Read more

Kaitlynn Nichols signed Ben's Guestbook.

hey ben! you probaly don't remeber me. I sent you a message in 2012. I'm sorry I have not text you back. I have been cauht up with school. I started a new school so ... Read more

cindy Goldberg signed Ben's Guestbook.

Ben, I will continue to pray for you and your family. It has been a blessing to watch you growing up the past 6 years to become a wonderful young man. God has special ... Read more

Michelle Briggler signed Ben's Guestbook.

Thank you for sharing your uplifting journey!  May you all continue to be blessed! Read more

Hjordis Creel signed Ben's Guestbook.

Hi Baltz family, I'm wishing you love and greetings from NE Alabama. From the beginning, I've always wondered "what Ben was going to do" in the big big future. I've always ... Read more

Jennifer Peterson signed Ben's Guestbook.

I love this picture. Ben will always have an amazing story to share, but it will be wonderful to see where his footsteps lead him. Ben, we are expecting great things from ... Read more

Candida Stoutenborough signed Ben's Guestbook.

Dear Baltz family,thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey.  Through all the ups and downs, accomplishments, trials and errors, etc..Ben, along with ... Read more

Tiffany Moody signed Ben's Guestbook.

We feel the same way abut Dr. Scarborough! So thrilled Ben is six years out and doing wonderfully. We talk to Bailey quite often about the same thing...what she is going ... Read more

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