Michael Gary shared a video he put together about the St. Baldrick's event at Austin College last March.  It tells a compelling story of what the citizens of Grayson County will do to help fight childhood cancer.
      Michael appears to be your typical 15-year-old teenager.  Michael Gary however, is more than typical.  Michael Gary BEAT cancer!
      Brian Gary shared the horrifying story his family went through when Michael was diagnosed with cancer on December 6, 2017.  
      Before they learned about the cancer, Michael had been complaining about his leg hurting for some time.  He went through physical therapy in hopes of working out the pain due from a possible strain or muscle pull.  
      While the doctor was explaining the results of the MRI using all the medical terms including Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), Michael interrupts him and directly asked if it was cancer or not.  The doctor replied, "Yes, I'm afraid it is."  Michael replied, "Good!  Because I want to be able to say I beat cancer."  Michael had bone cancer on his right fibula.
      They went back to Dallas the next day to meet with the oncologist to plan the treatment process.  There are six cycles in the treatment process.  The first treatment cycle was the toughest to deal with.  After each treatment Michael had to be quarantined from others because his white blood cell count was so low after the treatments. 
      Once treatment was completed, surgery was scheduled for February 28, 2018.  Later that day after surgery they noticed a problem with Michael's leg swelling up.  Michael was taken into emergency surgery.  They had to remove the secondary artery from his leg (there are three arteries in your leg) and remove a section of his leg in order to save it.     Michael spent the next six days in Intensive Care and four more days in the hospital.  
      Thankfully, it all turned out well.  Michael finished chemo treatment in August 2018.  He has been cancer free ever since.  Michael BEAT cancer!
      The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered non-profit organization committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.   The inaugural event was hosted on March 17, 2000 at Jim Prady's Pub in Manhattan, where $104,000 was raised by 19 shavees.
This year's St. Baldrick's event, hosted by the Austin College Rotaract Club, will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020.  It will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. located in the Greens Area behind the Wright Center at Austin College.