A Cisco teen who was diagnosed with one of the rarest childhood cancers, is fighting back.
Fifteen-year-old Seth Wright was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, in November 2017.
For he and his family, it has been uphill battle.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so Seth Wright and his family are using this time to bring awareness to research and hopefully a cure.
“I didn’t know how to react to it so I was quite a little bit,” Seth said.
The osteosarcoma was found in his left arm (humerus bone). Initial thoughts were said to be a football injury, but as his arm began to get bigger, his parents realized, it was more than that.
“Finally, we had it so bad that we had to demand and x-ray and it was there,” Seth’s mother, Sarah Bird said.
“It eventually went out into my lungs. Both of them,” Seth said.
He has had surgery in both lungs, but is committed to staying strong. His parents created a Facebook page and a GoFundMe to bring awareness and for everyone to stay #SethStrong
“We’re just going to see if all the nodules in my lungs are gone. If that is and it doesn’t come back then I will be cancer free,” Seth said.
He has undergone chemo for the last nine months. The cancer was removed, but unfortunately progressed, earlier this summer.
“What Seth has, there’s no cure. So, they’re basically giving them harsh chemo and hopefully it works, but he has to have surgery and if the chemo doesn’t work, then all he has left is surgery,” Sarah said.
It could be hard to find one. Only 4 percent of federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancers.
“Get second opinions. Don’t always count on one doctor’s opinion or one person,” Seth’s father, Richard Bird said.
His parents are making sure the world knows their child is more important than that 4 percent.
“We have gotten three more opinions and we have gone to three hospitals and now we have the Cleveland, Ohio doctor that’s like the best in the world for sarcoma and he’s on board with our doctors in Temple, Texas,” Sarah said. “Even when your kid’s cancer free, there’s still effects afterwards: infertility, skull problems, like learning problems, loss of hearing.”
This past year has put a strain on their family and finances.
“Financially, I quite my job so I could be with him at the hospital and he works, still, whenever he[Richard] can,” Sarah said.
With the support of the Cisco community, family and friends, they are able to stay strong.
“It’s brought us closer. I mean, we’re with each other 24/7, so we’re just together. I mean, it’s just made us stronger,” Sarah said.
This past weekend, the Make A Wish Foundation granted Seth and his family a trip to Hawaii!
The family leaves next Tuesday! He picked Hawaii because he is half Polynesian and wanted to learn more about his culture.