PRESS RELEASE - DECEMBER 7, 2022
On December 9, 2022, WSI Sports – a Made in USA activewear and performance clothing company – will be selling shirts inspired by Megan – a Minnesota child battling chemotherapy stemming from her bone cancer diagnosis. WSI will donate the shirts to children at the Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis; and the company will donate profits from the sale of the shirts to Reading 4 Research (https://reading4research.org/). The charity’s mission is “dedicated to making a difference for pediatric cancer research” and “funding innovative and promising research that offer less toxic treatment options and ideally, a cure for pediatric cancer.”
Founder of WSI Sports, Joel Wiens, said, “Megan currently is 2.5 years cancer-free and just received her brand-new heart! She is the definition of a TRUE warrior.”
Megan explained, “This drawing represents determination and hard work. My reward for learning how to walk after my cancer surgery was my dog Goldy. I used the cancer symbol with the heart symbol because that's my medical story: cancer then heart failure due to the chemotherapy. The strong and large heartbeat represents my heart transplant which I received on October 5th, 2022. “
According to WSI, Megan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer when she was 8 years old! Three short months after finishing chemotherapy, Megan went into heart failure from the toxicity of the chemotherapy. Megan had open heart surgery where a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) was implemented. Osteosarcoma returned and Megan is the only known pediatric patient to complete the chemo regimen for a reoccurrence of osteosarcoma with an LVAD.
Collectively, she spent over 300 nights at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s hospital receiving chemotherapy, dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy, recovering from limb salvation, bionic knee implantation surgery, and the lifesaving LVAD open heart surgery.
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