By Sanford Children's Hospital

DIAGNOSIS: OSTEOSARCOMA

In early 2020, Kolby from Volin was complaining of leg pains. His parents thought their 11-year-old had growing pains or maybe an injury from track.

After a while, the pain got so bad that Kolby was rolling on the ground. His parents took him to the doctor and after a few appointments, they heard the words no parent ever wants to hear: "Kolby has cancer."

Kolby had osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that required amputation of his leg and several rounds of chemotherapy. That's hard for any child to understand, but Kolby had the additional challenge of autism, so Child Life Specialists really helped him along the way.

For nearly a year, Kolby relied on crutches to get around, but in May 2021 he was strong enough on his prosthetic to walk without them. He continues to visit Sanford Children's for follow-up care and physical therapy, and he loves to make everyone else happy.

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