At the start of 2018, six-year-old Nixon Whatcott was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. He had been complaining that his leg hurt for a couple of weeks. Doctors performed an x-ray where they found tumors in his femur. Further tests at Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah showed the tumors were malignant and had spread to his lungs. Osteosarcoma is a very rare and aggressive cancer. Nixon started aggressive chemotherapy that lasted 10 weeks, at which point they did additional tests and scans to evaluate what the next step would be in his treatment.
Nixon’s father, Nick Whatcott, said: “Nixon is a fighter, he is strong, and if anyone can beat this it will be him! This boy is fighting for his life. [Our] family is overwhelmed by the love and outreach we have received and continue to receive! [We] have an army of support here and an army of angels above! Nick’s Facebook page is available to give family and friends updates as he takes on this beast and punches it in the face!”
Additional Information on Childhood Cancer
“Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer and the average age of diagnosis is 6. Cancer affects all ethnic, gender, and socio-economic groups and more than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.” (https://curesearch.org/Incidence-Rates-Over-Time)