Alexander Burdo was having the summer of his life when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009. The joy ended abruptly one Saturday in August when an x-ray at Cape Cod Hospital revealed a tumor in his upper right humerus.
Alexander's two great passions are baseball and birding. When he was newly diagnosed, his biggest concerns were someday being able to teach his children to play baseball, and holding his binoculars and camera. He was determined to do both. With the help of his best friend, Alexander retrained himself to pitch with his left arm. Also, just three months after having his arm reconstructed, he was able to hold his binoculars and camera and has traveled to various states in search of new species to add to his life list of more than 700 birds. Alexander has his own blog, "The Flight of the Scrub Jay."
It is his belief that there is a reason why he has osteosarcoma. "I hope that someday people live happily without the fear of contracting this horrible disease. Maybe I'll change things for other people and make a difference." Alexander was a 2010 Sarcoma Foundation of America Courage Award recipient and has been an inspiration to doctors, nurses and other patients. He has suffered so much, but expects so little. If you can find it in your heart this holiday season to make the smallest of donation in Alex’s name, Gaby and Gerry Burdo, Alex’s supportive parents, will match the cumulative donation dollar for dollar.
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