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Lance’s Story

Lance is NED!! Lance is in the eighth grade.  He enjoys being manager for the DHS football, basketball and track & field teams.  He is all boy alright! He goes back to St. Jude in July 2014 for annual scans.  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 freind 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. 

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


Written by Joe:

Well hello to all from the dynamic duo here at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

This is the first time I can honestly say I really haven’t worried about any of Lance’s test results.  It’s not that I don’t realize the cancer could come back at anytime because I do, it’s more I’m just thrilled to have reached this milestone and thankful for the five years post treatment that Carol, Lindsey, and I have had with Lance.  It was a wonderful day today and I’m looking forward to many more years with my son. 

I’ve been smiling quite a bit today, just knowing we’ve made five years gives me plenty of reasons to smile.   I should also tell you his tests results came back showing no evidence of his cancer returning, with one exception.  One of his scans did show a small spot on his lung, this spot has been there before and has not changed over the years.  He has a new doctor and she believes it’s just some calcified scar tissue but she would rather be safe than sorry so Lance will need to come back in November for more scans just to make sure.  I’m not worried about the results, but at the same time I would certainly appreciate it if everyone would say a prayer for Lance’s scans to come back clear in November.  

He is also still growing so he gets his leg lengthened.  While this procedure is not invasive, it’s still pretty rough on him and usually leaves him on crutches for about a week.

For everyone who has been with us over the last six years, supporting us in many ways from your prayers and thoughts to greatly appreciated gifts I would like to once again say thanks for being with us on this journey!

 Taking one step at a time,

The Fletcher Family

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Sandy Daron
By Sandy Daron
PRAISE THE LORD!! I pray the area on his lung never changes!!

Love ya,
C.O.L.E.s Foundation
(Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
Email: sandy@colesfoundation.com
Susie Pierce-Perez
By Susie Pierce-Perez
So happy that Lance is cancer free. I know a little boy that may need some encouragement from Lance's story. Just know that you are helping others by sharing your journey.
Terrill Mitchell
By Terrill Mitchell
Great to hear how amazing God is!!
lydia saiz
By Lydia Guajaca Saiz
Praise God! The Almighty One has already taken care of the November scans, we are already praising Him for clear scans then as we are today. Take care and Be blessed.
Gail Crozier
By Gail Crozier
Lance you are an inspiration to all of us! Hope your school year is one of the best yet!
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Charlene Brown
By Charlene Brown, Joey's Gram
We still pray for Lance and will continue. Love hearing from you through Joey. Take care.
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