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Local teen fighting cancer

Monday, June 4, 2012

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East Prairie teen Kenneth Boyd was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, this year. Here, Boyd goes through chemotherapy as treatment for the cancer.
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East Prairie teen sees his life change after being diagnosed with bone cancer

jillb@standard-democrat.com

EAST PRAIRIE -- Cancer is a tough word to hear at any age, but when you are a teenager it can be devastating. Ask Kenneth Boyd.

Boyd was told earlier this year he has osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

When the doctor at Children's Hospital in St. Louis delivered the diagnosis, Boyd admitted he didn't know what to think at first.

"I cried a little bit ... I freaked out ... It tore me apart. I felt like all the dreams I was trying to go for were getting knocked down," said Boyd, who wants to be a football player and a powerlifter.

In a matter of weeks, he underwent surgery having four and a half inches of his right leg bone just above the knee cut away and replaced with cadaver bone.

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