THOMASVILLE, GA – 12 year old Thomasville resident Loxley Slocumb was recently diagnosed with a form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma and local friends and family are stepping up to help the family in their time of need.
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of cancer that develops in bone. Like the osteoblasts in normal bone, the cells that form this cancer make bone matrix. But the bone matrix of an osteosarcoma is not as strong as that of normal bones.
Most osteosarcomas occur in children and young adults. Teens are the most commonly affected age group, but osteosarcoma can occur at any age.
In children and young adults, osteosarcoma usually develops in areas where the bone is growing quickly, such as near the ends of the long bones. Most tumors develop in the bones around the knee, either in the distal femur (the lower part of the thigh bone) or the proximal tibia (the upper part of the shinbone). The proximal humerus (the part of the upper arm bone close to the shoulder) is the next most common site. However, osteosarcoma can develop in any bone, including the bones of the pelvis (hips), shoulder, and jaw. This is especially true in older adults. — American Cancer Society
Tickets are being sold to win a large Big Green Egg and Nest for only $10. The proceeds will go directly to the family to help offset the out of pocket expenses associated with the treatment and care. The drawing will be held December 10th following the Red Nose Run in Thomasville.
For more information on how you can help or to buy tickets, call or text David White at 229-726-3302. Checks may be made payable to Loxley’s Love Fund.