Micah spent most of his first St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in a wheelchair. That was 2015, and the 50 yards he was able to walk on his crutches were triumphant — he’d had surgery to remove the cancer in his leg and insert a titanium rod just three months prior. Micah’s surgeon was amazed by the photos the family sent.
“The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer has been kind of a marker for Micah’s progress through and after treatment,” said his dad, Jason. That first year, Micah’s team was small but dear — his parents, two sisters and brother celebrated that initial success.
It was late 2014 when his family learned Micah had Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. They were in the United States, visiting from their home in China, when the diagnosis came. Micah had been sore, but he’s “all boy,” Jason said, and no one had any clue he was seriously ill.
Micah was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he received chemotherapy and surgery — the titanium rod inserted in his leg is adjustable, so it will be expanded as he grows. St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% when we first opened our doors to 80% today. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
Team "Fight for Micah" at the 2017 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.
Micah (second from left) at the 2017 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, with friends and family.
I tell Micah, ‘As much as cancer has an impact on your life, your life is getting back to normal as much as it can and that progress is encouraging. We’ll continue to reminisce about it and how far you’ve come.'
“The great thing is that all of this isn't for ourselves, and it's not just raising money for a worthy cause,” Jason added. “It is literally an opportunity to offer hope to the kids and families that are walking in the doors of St. Jude for the first time today.”
“We walked through those doors for the first time in 2015, and we found hope because so many people had given to St. Jude. Now we are excited to join the community in bringing hope to others."