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Tuttle teen battles rare cancer

TUTTLE, Okla. — A Tuttle teenager is battling a rare form of cancer and his family is working to raise awareness of the disease.

B.J. Morgan, 19, was diagnosed in May with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer in adolescents.

Only about 400 kids are diagnosed in the United States every year.

B.J., who was a running back for Tuttle High School last year, actually injured his knee playing soccer.

His mom said doctors thought he simply had a fracture.

But when the knee started swelling so badly that B.J. couldn’t walk, they got an MRI and the devastating news that the cancer had spread to his lungs.

B.J.’s mom wants other parents to be aware.

“I’m not advocating for everyone to run out and insist on getting a CT or MRI. I’m just saying that you know we always want to be aware as parents and you know always check with your physician. You know just always have your child checked out. You know I do remember during football season last year, B.J. did complain about his right knee bothering him,” said Twila Morgan.

B.J.’s doctor says while it is important to remember that osteosarcoma is rare, any kind of redness or swelling should always be checked out.

“The things that they present with is usually pain, swelling, redness and sometimes a fracture can also be a presenting feature,” said Dr. Osman Khan with OU Physicians.

In addition to chemotherapy, B.J. is facing total knee surgery and two lung surgeries.

His family does not have medical insurance.

There will be a poker run/ benefit for B.J. on Saturday, August 4th.

It starts at Vic-Timz at 1019 N. Western.

Registration is at 10 a.m., first bike out at 11 a.m., last bike out at 12:00.

Stops will be Vic-Timz, Midway, Dirty Bird and last stop is Fort Freedom.

It costs $20 for the run and benefit, passengers are $10, and that includes unlimited food and beverages at the benefit.

The benefit will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Fort Freedom at Post Road and 149th by Lake Stanley Draper.

The first band will play at 4:00 p.m.