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Lance’s Story

Lance is going to be a sophomore. He enjoys being manager for the DHS football, basketball and track & field teams. If all goes well he will be playing baseball in the spring. He is all boy alright! He goes back to St. Jude in November 2015 for annual scans and has graduated to the ACT Clinic.  Please keep him in your prayers. 


August 2008
I am a little boy who has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. It is a type of bone cancer. I live in New Mexico, but my parents wanted me to have the best treatment in the country so we are here in Memphis, TN at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. My working diagnosis was made in my home town by my primary care provider. She is a very smart lady who did not waste any time by helping us get referred to St. Jude. My dad who is a New Mexico National Guardsman was stationed in Afghanistan when we found out about my illness. He was able to come home and be with me and my mom. My mom and dad are "tag teaming" with each other to make sure one parent is here with me and that a parent is home with my sister, Lindsey. Once a month we are all together in Memphis.

December 2008
After six rounds of chemo therapy, I had surgery on December 1, 2008 to remove the portion of my leg bone that had the tumor growing inside of it. I have an internal prosthesis and I am currently continuing my chemo treatment to kill any other cancer cells that may be floating around my body. I am going through physical therapy, where I am learning how to walk again.

 February 2009
I am halfway through my protocol!! I am now in the single digits of chemo therapy treatments left (only nine). I continue to work hard at PT and I can now put weight on my leg. I will soon be walking with one crutch and I hope to be walking on my own in a few months.


June 2009
I have only one more chemo treatment left!!  My body is very tired and my counts are all over the place.  Once I recover from the last chemo and have end of treatment scans I will be going back home.  I am walking with only one crutch and many times I can walk without it. 

July 2009
I completed my last round of chemo.  I am waiting for my counts to stabilize before I can go back to New Mexico.

August 2009
We are at home in New Mexico.  I am doing well and it feels so good to be living together under the same roof with my family. 

September - December 2009
I was home schooled with my buddy, Joey.  His mom our dear family friend made it possible so that my body could recover without being exposed to all the normal kid school germs.  My dad and I started playing the guitar since I cannot play sports any more, that's ok, because I can play better than he can.  You do not have to have a ball in your hand to have a good competition.  =) 

January 2010
I returned back to school at Dora!!  I am really enjoying being with all my friends.  I turned 10, I had clear scans and I got a pet. 

November 2014--I am cleared from the traditional cancer clinic and I a now a patient of the ACT clinic. WHOO HOOO!

I know I have lots of people praying for me and I want to let them know we can feel the prayers.

My mom and dad will be keeping friends and family updated in the Journal section of my web page here at the caringbridge web site.








Latest Journal Update

Growing, again

Greetings from Memphis,

It has been a while since I have posted to Lance’s page and as I have said in the past no news is good news.  The Fletcher family had a very busy summer.  The kids were talking and they have not spent more than 10 days in a row at home before going from one trip to another.  They have been to Memphis, Louisville, Glorieta, Pagosa Springs, and Carlsbad.  Lance started his summer with a leg lengthening and he is ending his summer with another leg lengthening.  He continues to have those teenager growth spurts and for that we are truly thankful.  In a few months I will be the shortest one in the family! 


As I am typing, I am sitting outside watching Lance shoot hoops in the Tri Delta playground area. There is a large sign that reads “A home for St. Jude families.”  It struck me that August, seven years ago, we became a St. Jude family.  Lance was 8 at the time, full of spunk and would play every sport if I let him.  But, he loved to play basketball the most.  (He still remembers the last game he played and how the game came down to the buzzer.)  Anyhow, we find ourselves in a familiar place where we find hope as well as comfort here in the middle of the hustle and bustle of life.  I find myself reminiscing about a little bald boy who had more courage and heart than most 8 year olds; heck if truth be told, than most adults.  My little guy is now a confident teenager, shooting hoops, perfecting a shot he will never get to use on the court, listening to his tunes with earbuds, stopping occasionally to check his text messages; he is wearing his ever present Dora baseball cap and his knee brace. He looks like he is recovering more from a sport’s injury than a cancer survivor and for that I am grateful.  Tomorrow, Lance will grow physically; about a centimeter in his left leg in a matter of moments.  But this summer, I have watched my little guy  become a young man whose physical size is starting to catch up to his heart.  If you know Lance at all, you know that he is all heart.

 Thank you for your continued prayers, we appreciate them very much. 

 Taking one step at a time,

 The Fletcher Family

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Joquetta Loveless
By Joquetta Loveless
What a praise report! Praise God! It was such a joy being with you at Mom's 80th Birthday Celebration. Lance is such a fine young man. Continued prayers as your young man gets taller.
Denly Rigby
Thanks for the update. Lance is still in our daily prayers. So pleased that everything is still going well.
Love Denly and Wanda Rigby
Lois Martin
By Lois Martin
Awesome story. Keep the faith :)
Sue Strickler
Dear Lance, we are so proud of you shooting hoops--you know basketball is the sport of the Gods! I haven't mastered the art of holding the ball given I have no thumbs, but do a pretty good job of retrieving twistees (my favorite right now is a white one I put in my food dish this morning for my Mom to see and appreciate my sports ability!). Please know you and your family are in my prayers. Love and kitty kisses, Mollie Cat
Gail Crozier
By Gail Crozier
Lance you are an inspiration for all of us. I too am a cancer survivor. The only thing is I am
5'1 3/4" and will never be any taller. Keep up the spurts.....Mom can always look UP to you that way! .You are awesome and your journey has been a blessing for all of us.
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Sandy Daron
By Sandy Daron
Praise God, Lance is a SURVIVOR and doing soo well. I pray his leg lengthening surgery goes great tomorrow.

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lydia saiz
By Lydia Guajaca Saiz
What a touching entry. You all have come a long way, with God by your side. Lance will do great things.
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