In February 2019, Brynn Moore was a healthy, athletic ten-year-old playing a competitive game of soccer. Suddenly, her foot was stepped on by another player. For Brynn, the pain was so intense that she had to be removed from the game. This innocent injury was only the beginning of her story.
Her mother, Lindsey, was worried that she had a broken foot. “She loves soccer and is really tough, so seeing her in that much pain wasn’t normal,” says Lindsey.
Brynn had a lump on the top of her foot, but after being cleared for fractures, she was told to rest for the next four weeks, assuming there was some soft tissue damage.
She finally returned to practice, where her foot was stepped on again. The intense pain and lump returned. The process repeated again once more. That is when her parents sought new doctors for help.
PORT POWER The following summer, Brynn’s mother took her to Cook Children’s to get the lump biopsied. Immediately following the surgery, the surgeon confirmed the cause. It was cancer, specifically Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer. “At least it isn’t in the bone, it’s just a type of bone cancer”, Brynn says encouragingly. However, Ewing’s sarcoma causes severe pain, often with little relief.
Ewing’s sarcoma is very rare and is usually diagnosed by a cancerous tumor that grows in your bones or the soft tissue around your bones, such as cartilage or the nerves. It usually affects people from the ages of ten to twenty and has a high rate of being cured. Ewing’s sarcoma affects about 200 children and young adults every year in the United States. Once she received the cancer diagnosis, Brynn’s testing began and she received a port for chemotherapy and transfusions. Brynn continues to have a positive attitude throughout this process. She calls it, “Port Power!”
“She went from someone who would maybe get strep once or twice a year to being someone who has cancer”, Lindsey explains. “She was an athlete that never sat still and was always healthy. It was a shock.” STAYING FOCUSED Since June of last year, Brynn has had twenty rounds of chemotherapy with six more rounds to go. She attends homebound school through Northwest ISD to stay on track with her academic studies. Unlike most adults who receive treatment during cancer, children need to be admitted to the hospital. These stays can be exhausting for the whole family as multiple medicines and treatments are running back-back-back. Brynn is currently on five types of chemo at the same time. As you can imagine, that would be a lot of missed school days with a traditional classroom experience. “I stay positive because I know I’ve already killed the cancer. I just need to finish it off,” Brynn explains. “The big one that gets me going for these last six treatments is I am doing better than the doctors thought I’d be.” Brynn has a close bond with her Nana. When Brynn is trying to explain her feelings, her Nana can relate and helps alleviate frustration, since she’s experienced some of those same feelings herself having battled cancer and is now a survivor. “We are so fortunate to be a part of a community that does want to help,” says Lindsey. “We are blessed because they haven’t forgotten about her. People keep her included.”