Aiden was a happy, healthy little two-year-old boy until the summer of 2007, when he began to limp on his right leg, complaining of pain. He was taken to many doctors' visits at this time, including a Neurologist in October 2007, then a hematologist/oncologist in Buffalo, NY. A large mass was found in his pelvis, and at the age of three, Aiden was diagnosed with Pelvic Ewing's Sarcoma*, which had metastasized to his lungs. His parents were told this reduced his odds to a 25% chance of survival. He began chemotherapy, and by round 6, his parents needed to decide whether to control the tumor with radiation or have it surgically removed. They went to Dana Farber's Cancer Institute in Boston to seek a second opinion. It was decided that surgery was the better option, and Aiden had his hip removed in March of 2008. Two months after surgery, Aiden traveled down to Pittsburgh to receive high dose, intense chemotherapy (Melphalan and Busulfan) with stem cell rescue. On May 19, 2008, he was in remission. Nine months later, (February 2009), at the age of five, Aiden relapsed when tumors were found in his lungs. He had a thoracotomy to his right lung on March 4, 2009, followed by nine radiation treatments to both lungs. He then had to complete 12 six-week long cycles of high dose chemo. Aiden has been in his second remission since April 2010 and despite the handicap from the surgery, he is enjoying being a kid after spending half his life fighting cancer. He continues to be monitored for relapse.
* Pelvic Ewing's is a sub-type of Ewing's Sarcoma, and has a 50% survival rate. Ewing's Sarcoma is a highly aggressive and malignant form of pediatric bone cancer, which can be found in both bone and soft tissue. Ewing's is caused by a genetic accident, which occurs when two chromosomes transpose at the time of fetal development.