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May 27, 2019
In May of 2016, Alex was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in his left femur. He underwent weeks of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor as much as possible before surgery in July to remove it and reconstruct his left knee, followed by many more brutal cycles of chemo until January of 2017. Unfortunately in July and December of 2017, new tumors appeared in his lower-right lung, requiring surgical removal. In March of 2018, scans showed more tumors requiring another surgery, this time to remove his entire lower-right lung lobe. In April, scans showed tumors now outside the lungs, including one in a rib in the left side of his back, requiring radiation therapy. After a failed clinical trial, Alex underwent a week of radiation in June to try to shrink the now-larger tumors before starting a new chemo regimen later that month. While not curative, the final regimen did provide him with a few more months of life, including the chance to travel a bit, play FortNite with his pals, and enjoy time with friends and family. Unfortunately, Alex's battle ended Dec. 1, 2018, after the cancer spread to his brain and ultimately took him down. We thank everyone, friends, family and strangers near and far, not to mention Alex's doctors, nurses and other medical support for all the tremendous support during this entire battle.