May 15, 2016 Latest post:
Jul 17, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge site, created to keep friends and family updated with news on Alex's odyssey. In early May of 2016, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in his left femur. Alex underwent 10 weeks of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor as much as possible before surgery on July 27 to remove it and reconstruct his left knee. He went through many more cycles of chemo (plus an unexpected lung surgery in October 2016 to remove what turned out to be two benign lesions), which finished in January of 2017. Shortly thereafter he began difficult physical therapy to get his left leg straighter and stronger. Unfortunately, in July and December of 2017, scans showed tumors in his lower-right lung that required immediate surgical removal. In March of 2018, scans showed more tumors in his lower-right lung requiring yet another surgery, this time to remove his entire lower-right lung lobe. In April, scans showed more lesions, including one in/on a rib in the left side of his back, requiring radiation therapy. After a failed clinical trial in May, Alex underwent a full week of radiation in early June to help shrink the now-larger tumors before starting a new chemotherapy treatment later in the month. We thank everyone, friends, family and strangers near and far, for their amazing support throughout this entire battle.