Molly's Kids (Sept 20): Reality of childhood cancer isn't pretty

South Carolina (WBTV) - It's hard to believe the boy in the middle of this collage is the same child in the pictures on either side.
Owen Plasman's story is – as it stands now – as good as a story about osteosarcoma can be. This South Carolina boy was diagnosed with bone cancer at
the age of 8. He had a 16-centimeter tumor inside his right femur. The cancer had also spread to his lung.

"I'd love if you could feature my son in September," wrote his mom Gillian, from their home in Florence.  "He's an inspiration to us all."

The battle hasn't been easy. After Owen's diagnosis in January of 2013, the 3rd-grader began chemo.

"His sweet body was decimated by three drugs," said his mother. "Cisplatin, Doxorubicin and Methotrexate. For a year. These drugs are awful poisons to
healthy cells and destroy everything in their path. He wasted away. Our family tried to hang on."

Owen went from 87 pounds to 67 pounds.

If it's tough to read, that's okay. Gillian wants the truth to hit home.

Owen also underwent multiple surgeries, one called limb salvage which resulted in a prosthetic leg implant.

By the end of 2013, Owen was done. His mom said things looked promising. In fact, Owen's 3, 6, and 9 month scans were clear.

But his 1-year scans weren't. They showed cancer in his right lung.

Last November, Owen had lung surgery to remove the cancer. Again. He continues to get scans every three months.

As of today, September 20th, 2015, those scans have all remained clear.

"We rejoice in Owen," said Gillian.  "We rejoice everyday."

What a story of strength, but also of reality. As many families who battle pediatric cancer know, "check up" scans are massive parts of the journey.

Pediatric cancer needs research, funding and, mostly, a cure.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness (ACTION) Month. Awareness hopefully creates ACTION.

Share this post. Donate to a cause. Give your heart and time to volunteer with one of the many childhood cancer fundraisers in our area.

Thank you for reading. Thank you, Gillian, for sharing. I think you just inspired many of us to go hug our own children.

*Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly gr antham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, she features one a day. Thirty total. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.

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