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Delaney, Warrior “Koa” of the Waves

“ I would rather be able to try at something and fail, then not be able to try at all. ”

Delaney, an 11 year-old girl from Selden, was an avid dancer from the time she was three. Her active lifestyle completely reflects her glowing spirit. This past November, Delaney was insisting about a pain in her leg. After treating it as a slight injury from dance, the family was devastated when a doctor told them the mass in her leg was Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

The first comment she made to her father in the car after learning about her diagnosis was, "I want to be an inspiration".

When exploring all of the options as to what would be best to cure the cancer, she and her family decided that a rotationplasty procedure would be the most fitting for Delaney and her active lifestyle. Delaney’s mother, Melissa, explains rotationplasty as an amputation of the thigh. Surgeons then take the part of the leg that was untouched by cancer and rotate it 180 degrees, reattaching it to the top of the thigh, where the ankle replaces what would be the knee. This enables the patient to do a lot more high impact activities in comparison to salvaging the leg or a full amputation.

This surgery will eventually allow her to receive a prosthetic that will accommodate everything she wants to do in life such as return to her passion for dancing and be able to enjoy her wish experience which is to learn how to surf in Hawaii!

To assure that her battle against Osteosarcoma is won, Delaney is currently undergoing another six months of chemotherapy treatments. From there, she will begin the process of receiving and learning to use her prosthetic.

Delaney's spirit is unbreakable and her incredible positive outlook on life is something we can all learn from. Delaney defines “Warrior (Koa) of the Waves”. Her motto in life is that anyone can do anything they set their mind to, just like she does wave by wave.

  • Delaney wished to go to Hawaii to learn to surf.

  • Delaney wished to go to Hawaii to learn to surf.

  • Delaney wished to go to Hawaii to learn to surf.

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