Meet Adam. In December 2017, at just 12-years-old, Adam received news that no child should receive – he had cancer. Adam was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer that mainly affects children. He and his family's life were turned upside down.
Prior to his diagnosis, Adam began experiencing intermittent leg pains which progressively got worse over some weeks. Adam’s parents took him to the doctor where he was referred for an X-ray. After multiple tests, he was told that he had a tumour in his right femur and that the cancer had already started spreading to his lungs.
Adam started his chemotherapy in January 2018 at the John Radcliffe Children's Hospital on the children's cancer ward which became his second home for the next nine months. He missed school, he missed his friends and he missed being active and playing sports as he once did. Adam experienced a lot of the negative side effects that come with chemotherapy, and complications led him to having limb surgery – replacing his femur with a metal prosthesis.
Now, two years on from his first round of chemotherapy, Adam is cancer free. He still returns to hospital for regular check-ups to ensure the cancer has not returned and although the treatment has had a lot of damaging effects on his body, Adam is doing well.
Despite his own ordeal, in September 2018, just after receiving the news that the cancer had gone, Adam and his family decided they wanted to do something for children who don’t have the same access to quality treatment as he did. They organised a 20-mile sponsored walk to raise money for selected cancer charities. They have since completed a second walk in September 2019 and in total have raised over an incredible £3,000 for World Child Cancer!
Watch the video below to see when we caught up with Adam in Oxford, where he walked us around his old ward and shared his story with us, explaining why he chose to support World Child Cancer.