At the end of May when Greg finished 3 weeks of radiation and an oral chemotherapy we were trying to determine the next step. Â We had been consuming an incredible amount of information from hospitals and clinics looking for alternatives and praying for something that would give us more time. Â It has been a roller coaster and throughout this ride Greg has been nothing but great "“ patient but anxious for what's next.Â
We continued to pursue other options and at the end of June we received word from MD Cancer Center in Houston. In short order we made our arrangements to come meet with Dr Hughes for a consultation and evaluation. Â We continued to remain hopeful for options for Greg.
Its now the beginning of July and for our return visit to Houston Greg had lots of tests and new scans for the doctors here to review and determine the next course of action. Â After we met with Dr. Hughes and his PA Laura unfortunately as they explained, the scans revealed information that we were hoping to avoid. The tumor in Greg's leg continues to remain very active and he has a mass in his abdomen that is also active. Again, we were reminded how rare the spread of Greg's cancer is and the small subset of patients that seem to have this type of recurrence.Â
One thing that seems to be much more evident here in Houston is considering the news that we received they still provide us with optimism and hope. More meetings and decisions to be made in the near future but it's a feeling of knowing that we are in good hands. What is anticipated is that Greg will be faced with more surgery and chemotherapy in the near future but the timing is unknown.Â
Thank you everyone for all the prayers and well wishes! We are truly grateful to blessed with such an incredible support system!Â Thank you!
Message from Denny & Sharon -
We write this message to extend our thanks to everyone for their support. We are so blessed to have such an incredible network of people. There is no way to fully express our gratitude for everything that has been done for Greg and our family.
During the past 10 months, we have been faced with challenges that so many families also deal with that nothing can prepare you for. It has been invaluable to us having our faith, family, and friends.
We appreciate all the funds that have been raised and have reached a goal that is beyond what we could have ever imagined. We thank each and every one of you for your compassionate support and continue to hope and pray for a cure for Greg (and all those courageously battling cancer). Thank you.
When you reach the end of your rope...tie a knot! The fight continues and we are so proud of Greg! Thank you! Thank you ! Thank you to everyone for all the prayers and messages showing your support!
#Yellow for Greg
Greg Von Rueden is a 14-year-old Marquette University High School freshman who has spent the past year battling bone cancer (osteosarcoma). An accomplished volleyball player, Greg's West Allis Lightning club team had won a national championship in 2010 and were preparing to go for another title last summer when he learned the heartbreaking news of his diagnosis.
Greg spent this past year courageously facing surgery and chemotherapy, and finally received the news he'd beaten cancer on March 19, 2013.
Sadly, just two weeks later, on Good Friday, Greg and his family received the devastating news that his cancer had returned.
After doing a bone scan and MRI, they found a mass above Greg's knee. Surgery was scheduled to remove the tumor, but the doctors were unable to operate. The cancer had spread to other cells in an extremely rare case.
Throughout this difficult journey, Greg's friends and family have come together and supported him by going "Yellow for Greg" and reminding him that "No one fights alone."
Now more than ever, Greg and his family need to be reminded that they aren't alone. As they prepare for the tough road ahead, let's come together and make sure that medical costs are the last thing on their minds.
The girls have been thinking and praying for you night and day. The recent treatment news saddens us to tears. We hurt for you and your family and will be devoting our upcoming season to you. Your courage challenges all of us to work harder and be more appreciative. To believe that anything is possible no matter what the odds. No one can say they have walked in your foot steps but yours make it easier for us to walk in our own. Love, All the girls and their families.
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