Lancaster County boy with rare form of bone cancer fighting for his life

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10-year old Chase Armstrong said getting chemotherapy feels like “crashing into a pit of lava.” Chase, who’s from Lancaster County, has had to go through more than 30 rounds of chemotherapy. He’s fighting a rare form of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma. His brother Bryce said it makes him feel “helpless because I know I can’t do anything. If I could I would have easily taken his place, but I can’t and that’s just one thing that you can’t change.”

Chase and his family got the diagnosis in February of this year. Since then the Armstrongs have adjusted to a new reality. “He started chemo right away when we found out what was going on and then in June he had a leg procedure done where he got his femer replaced up to the ball joint,” said Chase’s stepmother Spring Armstrong.

Recently the cancer spread to his lungs. He’ll have to have surgery next week as a result, and the fight is far from over. “Then he goes in for his second lung surgery around Christmas time. And then after that he’ll still need leg surgeries every couple of months,” said Chase’s stepmother.

However amidst all this Chase is staying positive and has a keen eye on his future. “I want to be a master mechanic.” His stepmom went on to say, “He’s such a strong child. It’s amazing how much he just keeps going.”



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