Eleven-year-old Davidiyon “Duke” Lindsay, of Newberry, was playing at school when he fell on his arm. Within the next two days, Davidiyon began complaining about pain in his arm. It was then that his mother, Sharon Scurry, noticed some swelling. Sharon decided to take him to a Doctor’s Care in Newberry where they detected a tumor. He was sent to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital to receive additional testing. Before Thanksgiving of 2014, Davidiyon was diagnosed with Stage III Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
“I learned a lot from the people at the Children’s Hospital. I wouldn’t go anywhere else or change anything. They are good with every child and they have patience, which means a lot to me. When Davidiyon comes here everyone knows him and they treat him like their own,” said Sharon.
Davidiyon began chemotherapy in 2015 to shrink the tumor. Because the tumor had not shrunk and in order to prevent it from spreading to his chest, doctors saw it best to amputate Davidiyon’s left arm.
“Davidiyon has not changed since day one. He is still my happy little boy; he stays in good spirits and is always smiling,” said Sharon.
In a week, Davidiyon and his 10-year-old sister, Shaniya, will join hundreds of other pediatric patients from the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and their siblings at Camp KEMO. Davidiyon and his sister attended Camp KEMO last year and are excited to attend again. They both enjoy playing outside together and having drawing contests.
Camp KEMO is a weeklong summer camp for patients with cancer, ages 5-18 and their siblings. Staffed by our physicians, nurses and volunteers, Camp KEMO allows campers to swim, boat, hike and simply be children. Camp KEMO is completely funded by community donations.
Davidiyon is an A/B honor roll student at Boundary Street Elementary. He will be moving on to middle school and starting sixth grade in the fall. Davidiyon’s favorite subjects are math and science. In his free time he enjoys playing his Xbox and watching his favorite wrestler, Kane, on WWE. When he grows up, he wants to be an ambulance driver because he loves to help people.
This year, Camp KEMO will run from Monday, June 13 through Saturday, June 18. The fun times at Camp KEMO lay important groundwork for future treatment as participants learn to trust, respect and relate to one another. For more information about Camp KEMO or to make a donation, visit campsite.palmettohealth.org.