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Trevor Tomczak is a 14 year old boy from Hillsborough, NJ who was initially diagnosed on August 29, 2012 with a type of bone cancer known as Osteosarcoma.    Shortly after discovering a small lump on his lower leg, Trevor had his physical for Boy Scout Camp.  Trevor informed the doctor what he found.  An x-ray was scheduled, and it was found that the lump could be cancerous.  The next morning he went to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, followed by an afternoon meeting with surgeons at UMDNJ Hospital in Newark.  Later that day he was admitted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to undergo a battery of tests.  Trevor underwent an MRI, Cat Scan, Echocardiogram, and a Bone Scan, in which he was injected with a radioactive tracer.  On this first day, until late that evening, Trevor did everything that was asked of him without a single complaint.  He had a biopsy performed a few days later and his fears were confirmed the day before he was to start the 8th grade.  He had a High-Grade Osteosarcoma.

Trevor immediately started chemotherapy at the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ.  In mid-December he was admitted to UMDNJ to undergo surgery to remove part of his Fibula.   The surgery was a success, as he didn’t need any support plates or pins put in…..as the doctors put it, “no hardware”.   After a nice Christmas break to recover from his surgery, he was back at Robert Wood Johnson to continue his Chemo.  Trevor has 18 planned treatments.  Each treatment involves a stay at the hospital for 4 to 5 days.  He has had a couple 10+ stays due to complications.  He also has frequent doctor appointments in between treatments with his Oncologist and Surgeon.  It will take Trevor roughly a year of re-hab to regain normal use of his leg/ankle.  

Through all of this, Trevor has maintained an extremely positive attitude that has inspired his family and friends.   He has never asked “why me” or has shown any anger.  He strives to get through his treatments and surgeries quickly to restart his life.  He enjoys visits from his RU4Kids fraternity sponsors…. Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT).   But, most of all Trevor looks forward to riding his bicycle again.  

 

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Trevor participating in a fashion show at Rutgers with his "Fraternity Brothers" ZBT.   The show raised money for the Embace Foundation.

 

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Trevor and The McCourtey Twins.  

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Trevor with John "Kelso" and Kyle from ZBT who had just shaved their heads for the upcoming fashion show so they would look like Trevor.   ZBT sponsors Trevor through RUKids program run by Embrace and Rutgers.