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Aug 19, 2018
Brenton was diagnosed with bone cancer after a trip to the ER for leg pain he experienced while vacationing on the Weeki Wachee river this July. The x-ray of his leg showed a fracture and deteriorated bone which alerted the ER doctor to an underlying issue, and because we were on the west coast we were transferred to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The doctors at All Children's performed an MRI and surgical biopsy, and diagnosed him with osteosarcoma in his left tibia. Brenton is currently undergoing treatment. He is on week 4 of a 10 week chemotherapy regimen before surgery to remove the tumor and affected bone and replace it with a prosthesis that can be lengthened with magnets as he continues to grow. He will then have another 18 weeks of chemotherapy and more than likely a lung surgery will follow as his left lung shows nodules that are very suspicious but can’t officially be diagnosed as cancer without a biopsy. Because the nodules are not in locations that would be easy to biopsy his doctors have chosen to watch how they respond to chemotherapy to make a determination of whether or not they are cancer, but they are fairly confident that they will need to be removed once chemotherapy is completed. This is obviously a very long and difficult road he has ahead of him but Brenton is a fighter and we have no doubt that he will kick cancer’s butt. We are creating this page to keep friends and family updated on his progress as it’s often hard to update individually. We love and appreciate each and every one of you who are keeping Brenton in your thoughts and prayers and sending him good vibes and encouragement. He can and will beat this and every bit of support he gets along the way will help him do it!