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The hardest journey of our lives.

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S: Ewings sarcoma

BC: The End | Star light, star bright the first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight | God is Good all the time

FC: A journey we will never forget: Travis's story. | January 2010

1: No one can tell what will happen tomorrow For life is a journey of both joy and sorrow.

3: Little did he know those 4 a.m. runs wearing a garbage bag and hoodie, with the familiar sound of the family car behind him lighting the way ahead was preparing him for the toughest match of his life.......

4: Ewing sarcoma: A type of bone tumor that occurs in children and adolescents, most often in the large bones of the arms and legs and the flat bones of the pelvis, spine and ribs. The tumor is caused by a chromosome abnormality and occurs by chance. It is named after the American pathologist James Ewing (1866-1943). | Taken Christmas 2009...We had no idea how sick he was.

5: On January 8, 2010 after complaining of a back ache for a little while, Travis went to an orthopedic Dr. who diagnosed him with a PARs malformation of his L5 cervical disc., an injury common among athletes. Travis, who was slated to win the state championship for high school wrestling, asked the Dr. if he could get a cortisone injection to finish out his wresting season. The Dr. agreed and ordered an MRI for placement of the injection. It was that MRI that showed a definite shadow in his left pelvic area After a CT scan with and without contrast and a bone scan on January 12, 2010, we met Dr. Scarborough, an ortho-oncologist at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. On January 19, 2010 at about 5:30 p.m. Travis was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. In a blink of an eye our lives changed forever.

6: We thought it was a back ache, but it turned out to be so much more.

7: Checking out the latest in body jewelry.

9: Best friends forever!!

10: They had met only a month before.... | but, she promised not to leave.

11: and her encouragement and support meant everything... | So She stayed.... From the very beginning she was there.......

12: It started falling out. A little at first, only if he pulled on it. Then it fell out just because the wind blew. So, he decided to shave it off before chemo got it all.

13: Red hair or no hair.....he wears them both very well!

14: No one said that it was easy though...

16: Spending time together became the most important thing. | Panama City Beach, Florida


18: The news about Travis got around fast. From the day of his diagnosis text messages came, people came by and so, so many people prayed.

19: Then one day the local news paper was doing an interview with another kid in the area who was going through cancer treatment too. Chris Alford was also a local high school wrestler. He and Travis met each other on the mat. He told the reporter about Travis and from there a story was printed in the Tallahassee Democrat.

20: Hudson Park Crawfordville, FL | April 17 2010 | Benefit for Travis Hinsey

21: A benefit was planned for Travis in April 2010. Many of our friends and family worked so hard. They called vendors, collected donations, put together a raffle, and cooked some amazing food. Some of our more talented friends brought the musical acts together and even preformed themselves. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends worked all day to make the event a success.

22: By the end of the day more than $7,000.00 was raised. Which was used to pay for appointment co-payments and living expenses in Jacksonville. On April 19, 2010 Travis and his dad moved into a new bachelor pad while Travis went for proton radiation therapy five days a week. It was the first time in our lives that we lived separately and it was hard.

23: It took about 31 rounds of radiation and 2 months of living in Jacksonville | The two acrylic compensators used during treatment

24: On August 12, 2010 Travis started his 11th grade year on the first day of school with all of his friends despite having two more rounds of chemo to go. He completed his treatment in September 2010. Unfortunately he developed pneumonia and had to stay an extra week in the hospital. Since that time he has been back for follow up scans and appointments with Dr. Scarborough and in his words...."You can't even tell there was ever a tumor there." Not too bad for a tumor that typically only shrinks about 25%.

25: Today he is showing off a lot of new things. A new hair color and a new smile. | Happy 18th Birthday

26: He even traded in his body jewelry for body art. And he wears it all very well!

27: Back on the mat again | Goofing with JT | JUNIOR PROM | I beat cancer imagine what I can do to you

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