A star baseball player and avid fisherman, 10-year-old Dayton’s life was derailed with a diagnosis of osteosarcoma — bone cancer. He had been suffering leg cramps, typical of many growing boys, but when they became debilitating his parents brought him to the doctor.
No one expected to hear the diagnosis which every parent fears. Years ago the treatment for Dayton’s cancer would be amputation, but new technology offered a surgical alternative. Surgeons removed the distal femur and Dayton received a total knee replacement, in addition to having a rod implanted. Dayton’s mom Megan explained that expanders are used with magnets instead of surgery each time so the ligaments don’t get stressed. Dayton has a lot of growing to do and once he reaches adulthood he will have a permanent replacement.
Dayton is currently having a tough time adjusting to his chemotherapy and other treatments and was recently readmitted to the hospital where he had a platelet transfusion.
Dayton is a master Lego builder, loves spending time with his dog Daryl, hanging out with daily and friends in Tequesta and has a new love of golf.
You can follow him on Instagram at dayton_da_kid.