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GEORGE RAYE

George Raye

Our son George Raye, was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in his right fibula in September 2015. George had complained of swelling and aching in the area above his ankle on and off for over 2 years. He underwent X-rays and physiotherapy, but nothing had shown up. During the summer of 2015, his leg swelled and we told him to go to the hospital emergency department and sit there until someone saw him. Fortunately, as a result of that visit, his ultrasound was seen by a locum doctor at our family practice, who referred him to an orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon was convinced it was Osteomyelitis but referred George to a doctor at the BC Cancer Clinic for a bone biopsy. Dr. Clarkson reviewed his MRI and was 95% sure it was Osteomyelitis. Sadly, that was not the case. George underwent 7 months of chemo every two weeks, following the North American protocol for Ewing sarcoma. In April 2016. George went to Vancouver General and Dr. Clarkson removed the tumour along with 16 inches of his fibula, replacing it with a donor bone.

Over a year later, George is able to walk well and has even started horse riding again. He almost has full motion in his ankle. George goes every 3 months for chest x-rays, always a nerve-wracking time. During our journey we discovered that George's father, David, had a cousin in the UK whose son also had Ewing sarcoma in his hip. We contacted the family and exchanged many emails and are thankful that Charlie is also doing well. We are very grateful to Dr. Taylor and the wonderful nurses at Kelowna General Hospital and we are especially grateful to Dr. Clarkson for his dedication in finding the best surgery and outcome for George.

Suzzane Raye