CROWN POINT | Osteosarcoma or bone cancer, as it is more commonly know, is a rare form of cancer that forms in the cells of bones. According to the American Cancer Society, this disease accounts for less that 2 percent of all cancers and approximately 2,900 new cases are diagnosed each year. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer and typically starts in bone cells in the arms, legs or pelvis. It occurs most frequently in individuals between the ages of 10 and 30, and is more common in males than females.
The bump on 11-year-old Anna Mrdak’s leg seemed like just another bruise until her doctor diagnosed it as osteosarcoma in March 2012. Mrdak, who is from St. John, has spent most of the last nine months at Laurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago receiving chemotherapy treatments and undergoing surgery in July to remove the tumor located in her left shin. Recovery of her leg will require Anna not to apply any pressure to her leg for at least one year and only use a wheel chair.
On Dec. 23, Mrdak arrived home from her last chemo treatment in time to spend Christmas with her family. Mrdak will have a CT scan of her chest and an x-ray of her leg every three months commencing in January to confirm that she is clear of cancer. She has only been able to attend a few days at Clark Middle School this year and has relied on her home school teacher to help her when she is feeling up to it. The Mrdak family’s strong faith in God and community prayer support has helped this family to be strong and positive for their daughter.
The St. John Lions Club has planned a Pancake Breakfast Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Mrdak Family from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the St. John VFW, 10400 W. 93rd Ave. All proceeds will be given to the family to help with the many financial expenses that have and will accumulate over the course of her treatments.
If you would like to help the Mrdak family, an account has been established at the St. John Branch of the Chase Bank for anyone wanting to make a monetary donation. Checks should be made out to Deborah Mrdak and ECI#0235916250 is to be noted on the checks.