Harrison Sanders, 16, had just started studying media at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales, when he was diagnosed with bone cancer after being repeatedly told by doctors that he was simply experiencing “growing pains.”
In January, just a few months after Harrison was diagnosed, his left leg was amputated at the knee.
Though he’s currently undergoing his 15th round of high-dosage chemotherapy with three treatments left to go, Harrison hopes to return to school in September. The cancer has not spread beyond his leg.
“Harri started complaining about stinging pains in his knee at the beginning of the summer,” Harrison's mother, Janine, told the Daily Post. “He was waking up in the night in a lot of pain, and on some days was even having trouble walking.
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“Unfortunately, our [doctors] kept on saying it was just muscular pain or growing pains.
“He’d go for physio treatment and would be in agony afterwards. It turned out it was the worst thing we could have done, as the 17cm tumour was threatening to come through his knee joint.”
After the melon-sized tumor was removed, Harrison found out the National Health Service wouldn't cover a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg that would allow him to continue being an active teen.
Now the family is seeking donations for a prosthetic limb that would cost about $46,000.
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“It would be life-changing for Harrison if we could raise enough money to buy one,” Janine said. "He has been through so much. Any help would be appreciated."
So far, about $3,000 has been raised on GoFundMe.