|"Always fight, never give up." - Dominic Miranda|
Dominic Miranda is a quiet boy, who prefers to show his compassion and strength by helping others. He also loves to play football so when his foot became swollen one summer weekend, it seemed reasonable to believe the doctors when they told him that it was a double fracture on two toes. Dominic’s foot appeared to have healed by the following fall – he played sports as usual and had a great football season. Then in early December, the same area of his foot swelled again causing Dominic to be in pain. X-rays were performed and this time it was diagnosed as cellulitis with doctors reassuring Dominic’s mom Bianca that is was nothing to worry about. To everyone’s surprise, 45 minutes into Dominic’s surgery, he was diagnosed with cancer – Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Since his diagnosis, Dominic has endured nine months of chemotherapy and his right foot has been partially amputated. He undergoes physical therapy and will need another surgery on his foot to attend to some residual issues. Dominic is now 10 months NED (as of July 2012).
Bianca hopes that despite possible physical limitations caused by the surgeries that Dominic will be able to play sports, finish school and even help to raise awareness for childhood cancer. She continues to be amazed at her son who never holds a grudge and calmly accepts and understands the impact of the disease even when she does not.
Dominic represents just one of the tens of thousands of children bravely battling cancer. Please consider sharing his story and helping to spread awareness of the disease throughout September - National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.