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Meet William

Meet William  

Name: William

Likes:  Dogs, Legos, archery, quad riding, fishing, camping, and going to our family cabin.

Dislikes: Chores, people who are rude, and people who stare at me when I have to use my walker.

His story: William was 4 when he broke his femur. He was on the trampoline with his cousin and tripped on a ball. He  spent three weeks in traction at the hospital and wore a body cast for two months after that. We found out that he had a tumor in his bone.

A year later, the tumor was growing back rapidly and William needed another surgery.  They put in a plate and six screws at that time. The following year, the doctors went in to remove the plate and found that the tumor was growing again.

William was sent to an oncologist when the tumor came back for the third time. His last surgery was in January 2011, where once again they removed the tumor and put in a large plate with five screws. The tumors were benign. 

Watching William go through all that pain from the surgery and then from physical therapy was one of the hardest parts, but he did it without complaining and always used his manners, even on bad days.

William loves everyone at Cardon Children's and actually cried when we had to leave. He was happy to go home, but sad to leave all the nurses and doctors. He told his parents that Cardon's felt like family., with celebrations of his sister's birthday and Easter.

William is now tumor free and for the first time in four years not on any restrictions at home or school. He and his family tell everyone how wonderful Cardon Children's is.

Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-KIDS (5437)
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