Damion, who lives in Hope, Kansas, was diagnosed with stage 4 Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer on August 28, 2020 at the age of 16. Upon diagnoses, Damion and his family learned the cancer had spread to his bones and lymph nodes.
In the months leading up to his diagnoses, he had complained of pain in his tailbone and legs. Initially, the family didn't think much of it, believing his discomfort was due to growing pains or the result of playing hard on his 4-wheelers. It wasn't until July 2020 that he began having severe abdominal pain and visited the hospital as a precautionary measure. A CT scan showed that he had appendicitis and a mass on his lung. After his appendectomy, a pulmonologist biopsied the mass confirming it was cancer.
Damion is currently taking oral chemotherapy and receiving monthly injections for his bones. After two months of chemo, providing his lab levels allow the continuation of treatment, another scan will be done to monitor the effectiveness of the chemo treatments.
Despite the chemo and its side effects, Damion is doing well. He still experiences bone pain and he gets tired more easily than normal, but he's not about to let a little thing like cancer keep him down. He's still riding his 4-wheelers and working on his cars.
"I don't like to think about it," said Damion. "I'm happy when I work on my car, ride my 4-wheeler and hang out with my friends."