Our Son - Our Extraordinarily Smart, Handsome, Baseball (and Football) Loving, Funny, Stoic, Loving SUPER Quinn is an active 9 year old - always loving to play - any and every sport possible. Last Spring, during baseball season, we thought he had pulled a muscle during a game - because he was having leg pain after a game.
Over the next few months, we addressed the concern with our pediatrician - Quinn had his well check - and everything appeared fine. After a very active Summer - with trips to the beach and to see our extended family in NY and WV - we were just getting settled back into a school routine.
We had a relaxing Labor Day weekend and were looking forward to cooler temps and everything related to Fall, however, the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 4, 2018 became a day in our lives we will never forget. Quinn woke up with severe pain in his left leg - over the long weekend - he had been playing football with his Dad and the pain got worse - however, by Tuesday morning - the pain was different and we knew we had to take him to the Pediatrician asap. Peter, Baby Kate, and I headed to the pediatrician and after examining Quinn, the Dr. sent us off for an X-Ray.
The Radiologist looked very concerned and told us that we would hear back from the Pediatrician soon. We were called within a hour and notified that Quinn has Osteosarcoma (OS) in his left femur and she scheduled us to meet with a Bone Surgeon the next day. Over the next few days, Quinn had a biopsy of the tumor on his leg completed at INOVA hospital in Fairfax, VA and we waited on the results of the biopsy - so that we could get verification on the treatment plan and path forward. Since then, we've met with many doctors and have identified what we believe to be an Outstanding Medical Team to care for our sweet son.
We feel blessed to report that the initial Chest CT was clear, as was the Bone Scan that was completed on 9.14. Quinn continues his journey on 9.18 - he'll be getting a port placed and begin receiving Chemotherapy for the next 12 weeks. He'll have surgery to remove the tumor in his Left Femur and then will have an additional 12 weeks of Chemotherapy. We know that this will be a challenging time for our family - However, What we BELIEVE, is that Quinn is the STRONGEST young man we know and that HE is a FIGHTER!!
He has an Army of Friends, Family Members, and Extended People in our network that are "praying" him well!! We fully believe in the power of prayer and ask in advance for you to help LIFT our son up - so that he continues to have the strength and positive attitude to fight this horrible disease. Please also pray for Quinn's beautiful sisters - Ava (7), Chloe (6) and Kate (1) - these sweet girls LOVE their brother so dearly and will be missing him while he is in treatment. Peter and I want to THANK each of YOU who have reached out - in so many ways - to offer kindness to us. We will be leaning on all of you to continue to pray for our family.