As a 7-year-old, Alexandra underwent two grueling cycles of chemotherapy and the amputation of her right leg above the knee to treat osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Now an 19-year-old sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, she skis black diamonds, volunteers at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s adult recreation center, and plans to become an oncologist.
Carl Joseph “CJ” Postighone’s story is best summarized with the title: Fierce Determination. The characters include a courageous and fiercely determined child. A fiercely determined, multidisciplinary, and creative medical team. And an extraordinary family, fiercely determined not only to survive an ordeal few can imagine but to emerge stronger than ever.