What started as knee pain turned into a nightmare for Markus and his family. After an X-ray revealed a mass in his leg, Markus was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer. His family came to Children’s Colorado for a second opinion and immediately felt reassured that they would get the best care. To treat the cancer, doctors had to remove Markus’ leg at the knee. Markus opted to undergo a Van Nes Rotationplasty, a groundbreaking procedure that replaces the knee with the ankle joint from the amputated limb, which allows patients to retain more mobility. Markus just finished his last round of chemotherapy. He will soon be fitted with a new prosthetic leg, and he’s looking forward to being able to run, jump and even play flag football again. He is well known at Children’s Colorado for his infectious positive attitude and ability to make his nurses laugh.
It’s been 154 days but update! Thank you for all the support and donations! I now have my prosthetic and have been cancer free for awhile! ~ Markus
Thank you all so much for the donations! I can’t believe I as an ambassador, has gotten this far! ~ Markus
Thank you all again for all these donations! They are much appreciated and I am very thankful! ~ Markus