Mathias Giordano is a 13 year old boy in Leesburg, Virginia who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, cancer of the bone, in July of 2012. Over the past 28 months, he has endured biopsies, port placement, 30+ rounds of high dose chemo, 3 major lung surgeries, an amputation of his right leg below the knee, and 27 rounds of radiation...not to mention a few clinical trials.
Needless to say, Mathias is a strong warrior who has fought with so much grace and dignity. His courage and spirit inspire everyone who is lucky enough to meet him. His smile lights up the room and his positive outlook is truly amazing.
Mathias continues to battle the ugly beast of cancer with poise. Taking one day at a time and trying to live life to its fullest. While he is fighting for his life he is determined to make a difference and spread awareness for pediatric cancer in our community. He wants people to know that kids get cancer too and that they can't fight alone. He also knows that not every child who is battling is lucky enough to have the love and support of their family or friends. Here is a story to prove my point:
About one year into his treatment, he met an other boy about his age at the hospital whose mom couldn't be there during his treatments and whose dad was not around. Mathias felt so guilty about the amount of support that he had. That night when we came home from the hospital, he said, "Mom, I have have been given too many gifts and need to share them with my new friend as he NEEDS these more than I do. He has nothing or no one to kill the time with at the hospital, he must be so bored." So, Mathias simply packed up a big box of toys, books, activities, movies, brain teasers and gift cards and asked me to take him back to the hospital the next day. At the time, Mathias was in a wheelchair, but I remember him rolling into this kid's room with a huge smile on his face, he was so happy and so proud to share all that love with his new friend. I actually just stood in the hallway and couldn't stop crying.
Cancer may have stopped him from having a normal childhood, but cancer can't change who he is as a person and it most certainly can not define this young man. He is the author of his journey, not cancer. We are so proud of him!