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Saturday fundraiser planned for Eric Willoughby

July 5, 2011 by Randy Keck

Eric WilloughbyEric WilloughbyTwo fundraisers are in the works this weekend to benefit Eric Willoughby, an Aledo High School student who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (rare bone cancer) in his right arm last February.

A garage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 504 E. Oak St. in Aledo. In addition, there will be a fundraiser at the Willow Park Sonic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day. T-shirts are also still available for $10. Call Kristen at 817-907-6734.

“I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to all that have shown your support to us and have prayed for our family and Eric,” said his mother, Tara Willoughby. “Eric has been going through an aggressive treatment plan of chemotherapy since diagnosed.”

He is admitted to the hospital every other week for treatments. The chemotherapy he is treated with has rotated regiments. He was admitted to Cook Childrens Hospital one time for two-three days consisting of four different chemo drugs. The next treatment would consist of five days of three other different chemo drugs.

While Eric is not in the hospital he has to have daily injections of a drug to build his blood counts back up before he goes back in for another treatment. He goes to clinic regularly to have his counts checked and see if he needs a blood transfusion.

So far, Eric has had four blood transfusions since starting his treatments back in February when he was diagnosed. His body responded well to all of the chemotherapy. The tumor went from the size of a huge lemon to the size of an almond sliver. The tumor caused massive damage to his humerus, so Eric had to have two-thirds of his right humerus removed on June 21, and his rotor cuff was rebuilt to support the titantium rod and ball that was put in place of the bone that was removed. His chemo therapy has been put on hold to allow time for his arm to heal. After his arm heals, his doctor said he should have five or six more chemo treatments to go, since the cancer has not spread to any other parts of his body.

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