Paul Dugan’s son, Chris, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, just three days after his 13th birthday. He spent the next 10 months in and out of the hospital for chemo treatments and various surgeries. It took a year for him to be able to walk unaided.

Fast forward to the present, all post-chemo scans have been clear. Chris has turned 15, started 10th grade, and was able to get his driving permit. He is also very involved with the youth group at his church, the Boy Scouts of America, and is currently working on his Eagle project. He has been working with a personal trainer at the YMCA who has received additional training and accreditations for working with cancer patients, and he has made amazing strides in improving his overall health.

He was asked by the director of their local YMCA to be the guest speaker at one of the Livestrong classes offered to current cancer patients. Chris stood proudly in front of 15 people he had never met and shared his story and journey of faith.

Paul says reaching out to KW Cares during a time of tremendous emotional and financial stress was a very humbling experience, but it was also a tremendous blessing.

“By taking away a big financial burden, we were able to concentrate on making sure Chris received the best care possible and help him focus on health and healing.”

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