School Shows Support for Petersburg Cancer Patient
PETERSBURG (WRIC) - A young Petersburg Middle School student who has been battling bone cancer for close to a year came home from the hospital and the community is rallying around him and his family to show their support.
14-year-old Traquan Dunn has been fighting the disease since last May and has been in and out of the hospital for operations and chemo-therapy. He had to have his right leg amputated when chemo-therapy didn't stop a tumor from growing. He's now in physical therapy learning how to walk on his prosthetic leg.
Dunn says he still plays basketball, he's a huge Miami Heat fan and he's very excited to be home.
"He has handled it better than i have," says his mother Janet Ulmer. "I mean he is the bravest child i know. He handled it so good. I've never seen nothing like it. He amazes me. I knew he was a strong child, but he has incredible strength."
Because of all of the treatments and traveling to the hospital, medicals bills have piled up. To help raise money, Peabody Middle School is rallying around Dunn and his mom by holding a basketball tournament between the staff and Petersburg High School's varsity teams
"It's been amazing," Dunn says. "They're very proud that i still do the stuff i used to do and that I'm a very strong person."
"It feels wonderful to know so many people support him and care about him," Ulmer says.
All proceeds from the basketball game will go directly to Dunn and his family. The game is Thursday night at Peabody Middle School at 6 p.m.