Benefit to support girl with bone cancer
When Troy Davis took his young daughter Meghan to the doctor to examine a painful left knee earlier this year, he never expected much more than a ligament sprain.
But an X-ray revealed something stunning: Bone cancer.
The 10-year-old Hennessy School student had osteosarcoma, a typical childhood form of bone cancer. The cancer impacts children going through growth spurts, Troy Davis said.
“This is such a shock to begin with,” Troy Davis said. “But from day one, (the doctors) said they would cure it and not to worry about the mortality rate.”
Last month, Meghan had her knee and eight to 10 inches of her lower femur replaced with a titanium implant at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center, Davis said.
She may need five more surgeries to adjust the implant as she grows, but the cancer has been removed, Davis said.
Tonight, Davis and his wife, Tracey, will host a benefit dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge to help cover Meghan’s ongoing medical costs.
The girl, who likes to draw, watch cooking shows, cook and swim has dealt with the cancer well, Troy Davis said.
“She’s never complained or said, ‘Why me?'” Davis said.
“Chemotherapy hit her pretty hard,” Davis said. The 10-year-old is expected to endure five more months of chemotherapy but wants to attend tonight’s benefit, he said.
Tonight’s benefit is expected to include enough food for 400 people, and organizers already have sold 350 tickets.
The benefit features Mexican food and costs $12. Benefit organizers also will raffle between 80 to 100 donated prizes, Davis said.
Anybody unable to attend but wanting to contribute can mail a donation to Bank of the West, “For Meghan Davis,” 460 Brunswick Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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