During the fall of 2010, Sydney was a happy, healthy 12-year-old enjoying middle school, her family, friends, pet bunny, (Biscuit), and especially playing softball with her travel team. She played third base and batting cleanup. During a playoff game, she hurt her knee sliding into base; and though she stayed in the game, ongoing knee pain eventually forced her to visit the orthopedist in December 2010. Her orthopedist sent her to Memorial Sloan Kettering after he saw something on her x-rays. On January 3, 2011, Sydney was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in her left tibia, just below the knee. Instead of being able to enjoy the rest of 7th grade, gradually prepare for her Bat Mitzvah in May, and continue slugging for her softball team, Sydney has begun a long and difficult journey to "kick cancer's butt"—as stated in her own words on her Caring Bridge page. Sydney's upbeat personality, positive outlook, and determination have helped her during her cancer battle. Sydney joined the Junior Board for Make Some Noise in February, and she inspires her carepage followers to join her as she raises awareness and funds to fight pediatric cancers. As of the end of March 2011, Sydney is preparing for surgery in early April, continuing her schoolwork, and is studying hard so she can become a Bat Mitzvah in late May. After finishing chemotherapy, Sydney looks forward to 8th grade and with a lot of physical therapy, she wants to meet her goal of getting back on the softball field—which would really make her dad happy too, because he is her team's coach!
*Osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone tumor that begins in immature bone cells that do not develop into normal bone cells. It is the most common form of pediatric bone cancer, and is typically found in the leg bones, (primarily around the knee), but can be found in arm, shoulder, or other bones, and on rare occasion, outside the bone.