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The Heartbreak of Pediatric Cancer: Parents Share their Pictures and Stories

Aidan Loney: Pediatric cancer taught his family to "be grateful for the small blessings."

Aidan Loney provides a particularly harrowing as well as inspiring case of pediatric cancer. When he was just five years old, Aidan began complaining of leg pain, and when his parents found a suspicious lump, they took him to see his pediatrician. After an MRI and biopsy, the doctors told Aidan and his family he had osteosarcoma, the most common form of childhood bone cancer. That same week, he was put on chemotherapy. Three and a half months later, Aidan had to undergo surgery to remove the tumor in his leg, along with 2/3 of his femur, along with getting a total knee replacement.

He then underwent 19 rounds of chemo over nine months and had several other surgeries, and yet throughout all this, his parents report, he has hardly complained at all. Pediatric cancer changed everything for Aidan’s family, but it has also taught them to be grateful for the small blessings each day.

Photo: Aidan Loney