When Alexis Knight broke her femur in March, 2012, doctors operating on the 9-year-old unexpectedly found a tumor on her hip.
Knight was diagnosed with a rare form of osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, and continued to receive care at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
“It was kind of scary because I did not feel sick, but then my doctor explained it so I understood why I needed the treatment,” she said.
“All the people at Riley’s are really nice and do everything they can to make you feel good and not be scared.”
Knight was treated at Riley for nearly a year, undergoing chemotherapy.
“Riley’s gave me the chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells, and operated on my hip to take out the tumor and replaced my hip and femur bones.”
“I also go back every three months for tests to make sure the cancer is not coming back,” she added.
Now nearly healed, Knight was chosen by the Riley Children’s Foundation to serve as the Official Riley Coin Toss Kid at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Colts home opener Sept. 8.
She arrived by limousine and was given an autographed Colts photo and a personalized Colts jersey. “The limo was totally cool. It made me feel like someone really important,” she said.
“I was very nervous because there were a lot of people there watching and those football players were big. But it was still fun.”
The daughter of Yvette Knight and Chris Ignowski, Knight resides in Crown Point and is a fourth grader at Peifer Elementary School in Schererville.
She hopes to extend a helping hand herself someday, and is planning to become a veterinarian.