“Sometimes superheroes reside in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.” – Unknown
Thanksgiving is the time to spend with family, giving thanks and loving one another. This year our Magic One family is giving thanks for one special and brave little boy, Coy Shue.
On December 2, 2013, what should have been a routine surgery to remove Coy’s adenoids; Daniel, a Magic One employee, and his wife, Jenni Shue received news that no parent should ever have to hear. Coy was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called Chordoma. To give you an idea of how rare this cancer is the 50-year old doctor who gave them this news had never seen this diagnosis in all his years of practice, and probably never will again.
Shortly thereafter, Coy began a year of numerous surgeries and radiation. On Monday, April 21, 2014 the family traveled to Pittsburgh P.A. to meet with the team of doctors who would perform Coy’s surgeries. Originally, he was scheduled for three surgeries but due to some complications Coy endured seven total surgeries. The family was warned of possible side effects as a result of the surgery. Such as, the potential of losing part of an artery in Coy’s brain that supplies blood, loss of motor skills and difficulty speaking, swallowing and eating for a period of time. However, Coy triumphed through it all!
In June, Coy and his family returned home to Charlotte for a short time to recover and regain their strength.
In mid-August they traveled to Boston for radiation called Proton Beam Therapy. Each day during the treatment, Coy was sedated and all though he knew it was going to taste bad and it would hurt, he endured the treatment with the loving support of his parents. At six years old, he displays tremendous strength and bravery that most adults would never have to experience.
On September 9th the following was posted on the blog “Care for Coy.org”
“Coy has once again proven that at 6 years old, he is strong beyond belief. He has officially participated in 5 full sessions of radiation and continues to get more determined to get rid of this cancer every day.”
Today, the Shue family is back home in Charlotte, NC. They will continue to fight this cancer for the rest of Coy’s life or until a cure is found. Every day they continue to give thanks for the doctors who helped their son fight this battle, the support of their family and friends and for the unbeatable strength of their amazing little boy- Coy.
For more information on Coy and his triumphant battle against Chordoma, please visit CareForCoy.org.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Magic One Family and Friends!