YUKON, Okla. – Ten-year-old Gage loves to play video games.
Like most boys his age, Gage also loves shooting hoops and hanging out with his dad.
But, just a couple of years ago, he did not feel like doing any of the things he loves.
His parents, Dawn and Tim Novosad, chalked it up to normal kid ailments.
“He started having leg pains, and we said the same thing parents said, ‘Oh, you’re growing,'” Dawn said. “So, we were able to kind of say, ‘Oh, all of this fine.'”
But, Gage was looking more pale and feeling lethargic, so they took him to their pediatrician who tried to calm their fears.
“He said, ‘I think it’s going to be fine. It’s probably diet, and we’ll just adjust some things,'” Dawn said.
A mother’s intuition led Dawn to ask for blood work.
Unfortunately, her fears were confirmed.
“He arranged a room for us, and we opened the elevator to oncology,” Dawn said.
Then came the news no parent ever wants to hear about their child.
“ALL makes up about a quarter of childhood cancers,” said Dr. Chinni Pokala, who is treating Gage.
A cancer diagnosis that would lead the family to an entire team of skilled specialists at The Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and a battle that Gage faced with tremendous courage.
“The first year was rough,” Dawn said. “It was hard.”
Hear more about Gage’s diagnosis and treatment and why doctors at Jimmy Everest are so hopeful about his prognosis. Join Marianne Rafferty on Monday at 5 p.m. for our special series, Kids with Courage.