Sixteen year old Derrick was a part of the Texas State Champ Football team. He is known to be a star on and off the field. One night during a game he hurt his shoulder, assuming it was nothing besides a minor sprain. He iced it and continued to practice for his upcoming state game. He and his teammates won the game; however, something wasn’t right. The pain in his shoulder continued to worsen to the point where it became unbearable for Derrick.
His trainer referred him to the sports Med doctor, where Derrick and his family discovered that he had a mass in his bone. Derrick was quickly transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital. On February 11th 2020, after several MRIs and a biopsy exam, Derrick was diagnosed with sarcoma bone cancer.
Derrick is now undergoing an eight month treatment plan to treat his rare and very aggressive form of Sarcoma. After ten weeks, Derrick plans to have surgery to remove the tumor, following with eighteen more weeks of chemotherapy. Derrick bravely fights through his battle against sarcoma with the support of his mother, Roquethi and brother, Erik. His mother
describes Derrick to be a strong kid, both on and off the field. His passion for football still continues and hopefully he can return back on the field soon.
This article was drafted by Max Cure Foundation Junior Board Member Zoe Epstein.