Let's Help Edwin Walk!
My name is Sandra. I would like to tell you about my son Edwin. He has always been a smart child. But he was extremely introverted with he was very young. That all changed when he befriended one of his closest friends. As a teenager, Edwin's shyness was replaced by confidence. His circle of friends grew. He loved to run, hike, rock climb, swim and especially exercise! He soon developed a interest in natural body building. At 18, he entered a competition and won first place!
Shortly after winning the body building competition, Edwin discovered 3 lumps in his right thigh. My 18 year old son was diagnosed with Epithelial Sarcoma, which had spread to his lungs. Staged at IV, he underwent surgery to remove most of his quad muscle and femur, and was given aggressive chemotherapy in conjunction with 35 rounds of radiation. Within one year, he developed a staph infection. In that time he underwent approximately 11 surgeries to "clean out" the infection and change the hardware which replaced most of his femur.
Today, at 24, Edwin is cancer free. But after 3 additional surgeries, his right thigh needed to be amputated. The skin there had been so damaged by radiation, it literally ripped open, exposing the bone cement and hardware beneath it. The amputation was also the way to hopefully clear his staph infection. The surgery Edwin underwent is called a "Rotation Plasty." It involved removing his badly damaged and infected right thigh and replacing it with the lower part of his leg, rotated 180 degrees so that the ankle could serve as a knee. His rotated lower leg was joined to a new titanium hip, made necessary by all the treatment protocols that left his hip too brittle to support any appendage or weight.
Edwin was never able to finish college due to the cancer and all the surgeries he has had. But througout his entire ordeal, he has remained courageous, brave and very patient. He has never given up on his ambition to become either a doctor or lawyer.
Edwin's first prosthetic comes at the cost of $50,000, he will need quite a few of them in his lifetime. His dad and I humbly ask for any donations that you can possibility make toward their purchase, so that will finally be able to walk and reclaim the total mobility that most of us take for granted. Donations will also be used for medication not covered by insurance and towards his education to finally achieve his dream. We cannot do this alone as parents, but with your love and support, it will be possible. Let's help Edwin walk again, start him on his life journey and please keep him in your prayers!!
Keep on fighting Edwin!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!
You are a very courageous young man may God protect you and help you . Even though I only saw you a few times it does not matter family is family and the love is there. Get well SUPERMAN all my love.