Derric is a sophomore at Eastside High School in Butler, Indiana. Almost one year ago, just shy of his 15th birthday, Derric began to experience pain in what felt like his teeth. This progressed to a “knot” like lesion under his eye. After visits to the dentist and doctor, it was felt that he had a sinus infection. One morning Derric awoke feeling numbness in the right side of his face. This led to a CT scan, an MRI and ultimate discovery of the mass. The biopsy revealed that he has Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma or ARMS.
After months of aggressive chemotherapy that resulted in a 30lb weight loss and a tremendous loss of strength, Derric is starting to feel better. With the help of an awesome oncologist here, a crew of wonderful nurses and a lot of hope and prayers, Derric is slowly gaining weight and strength back with the help of physical therapy. He will finish his last chemo treatments on May 2-3, 2016. “We hope and PRAY in the few weeks thereafter that the PET scans come back NED (no new evidence of disease)!!!”
Thank you to Derric, his parents Joe and Teresa , sisters Briggan and McKenna for sharing your story. It was an honor to meet you and help you to capture memories. Congratulations to Briggan and her fiance Jeff on their engagement! You can follow Derric’s progress on his Facebook page Team Derric Team Derric
A big thank you to Olivia Koob for assisting! I couldn’t have done it without you! *credit for the fairy trail brushes and butterfly to www.obsidiandawn.com
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I know you will join me in offering prayers of healing for Derric and his family!