Antonio is fighting Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that was discovered after he complained of leg pain and swelling while playing soccer. CHOP chose Antonio to be a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month spokesperson and an ambassador for its largest annual fundraiser, the Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk, because of his incredible spirit. Watch as Antonio tells the world what it means to be a childhood cancer patient, how his experience has changed him and where he finds the strength to keep fighting for a healthy future.
Antonio, 16, Ewing Sarcoma
Antonio: You could have, like,the perfect life and be happy every day, and then all of the sudden, if something happens to you, you feel grateful for everything you have.
Photographer: Little smile -- I'm going to get that, right there, yep. Great.
Interviewer: Tell me about the type of cancer that you have. What is it?
Antonio: It is Ewing Sarcoma. It's a rare bone cancer. Soccer and music are my life, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is very unique. It's like another house. Like, it's like your family. They help me, like, "Yeah, you're going to play again. You're going to do this. You're going to do that." They're like, "You're going to do it." And I'm like, "Okay." Every patient here is strong, and I know every patient here is special. And I still feel like there's hope for everyone here. The more people that reach out to me, the more people that care, the more strength I build up.
Topics Covered: Ewing Sarcoma