Around a few months ago, Southmoreland graduate Emily Peters was preparing to start her new life as a young adult. But life took a drastic turn on the Peters and her family when she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, Synovial Cell Sarcoma.
This all began when Peters started having severe pain in her left knee and difficulty walking.
“After a visit to her doctor, she was sent for x-rays and they quickly realized that something wasn’t right,” said Peters’ mother, Janice. “It was a shock for sure and a very emotional time for the whole family. We knew that there was something wrong, but in a million years I would have never guessed cancer.”
Synovial Cell Sarcoma is a type of bone cancer that is rare, but is the most common among young and adolescent patients.
Peters relies on her family and friends through her battle.
“I have an amazing support system,” said Peters. “I’m very grateful to have this much support.”
Peters is scheduled for surgery on March 27 to remove the tumor that is in her shin bone and putting a metal rod in and replacing her entire knee.
“This has all been very stressful for myself and the rest of the family,” said Mrs Peters. “She is a bit nervous (about the surgery.)”
Even with such nerves, Peters remains positive.
“It’s just a bump in the road, but I’m getting over it.” said Peters. “In my mind, I know I’m gonna be okay once everything gets taken care of.”
If you want to support Emily and her battle against cancer, there will be a fundraiser held at Bridgeport Sportsman’s Club on April 21. At the event, there is going to be a spaghetti dinner, a Chinese auction and 50/50. All proceeds will go for Peters’ treatments and surgeries.