Murray Found Us!
His wish – A family trip to LA and to see the NBA All Star Game
Love finds a way in this amazing story!!! While working on a wish, we called to inquire about purchasing some tickets. Unknown to us, we were speaking to a sibling of a young adult fighting cancer who just happened to be the person answering the phone that day! Needless to say, he went home and told his family about the Foundation.
Murray wrote, “I am 24 years old and last year, on August 21st, I was diagnosed with a Ewing Sarcoma in my right femur. My life before and after being diagnosed is dramatically different. Being a 23 year old man I had just been starting to get my adult life going. I had been tirelessly interviewing at record labels such as Sony Music and Warner Music Group for about a half year after graduating college, but to no avail. I had finally landed a job doing the marketing at a company that does small business loans. Unfortunately as all of this was going on I started to experience an extremely painful pain in my right knee. After 8 months of this terrible pain, seeing countless doctors and specialists, I was finally diagnosed with cancer. I was in for chemotherapy treatments a few days later.
“What I found most ‘interesting’ about being diagnosed with cancer at this strange time in my life is that ages 18-24 are truly the years when you start becoming your own person, taking on new responsibilities, starting college or a new job, or even finding a husband or wife. But once you get diagnosed, you’re no longer capable of being on your own. I almost viewed myself as just going backwards years in my life and feeling like a kid again who everyone needs to watch out for. I feel that that is a really difficult part of being a young adult cancer patient.
“Another huge part of my life that was greatly affected by my diagnosis, especially because it was a sarcoma, was my athleticism and fitness. I am a HUGE basketball fan. I love to play as much as I can, and I spent most of this year watching the New York Knicks basically losing every game. I was even playing basketball 3 days before my 3rd biopsy (with a 9mm tumor in my leg). I had my surgery about 1 month ago, it was a 13 hour surgery where they removed most of my femur bone (luckily leaving in the knee and hip), replaced it with metal, then reinforced it by taking my fibula from the same leg and fusing it together on to my knee and hip behind the metal. I am currently recovering now but it has been tough. I am currently cancer free and am trying to keep 100% positive! I was obviously not allowed to play any sports this year, I was actually on crutches for 8 months and now have another 6 months ahead of me. I am really hoping that one day I will be able to play again.
“One of the things I value most in my life is being a great older brother to my siblings. I am the oldest and I always try to be a role model to them. I often take them on small trips around NY and any fun places around the neighborhood. Even if its just a small trip to 7/11 it makes me feel good that I can take them and they enjoy it. One of the hardest things for me to deal with this year was having to be taken care of instead of doing the taking care of. My siblings and parents have been beyond amazing to me this year, and I would love a chance to turn the tables around again and treat them to a great trip. Thank you for providing this amazing opportunity for us to be able to enjoy a happy time together.”