Damon Billeck: Hi I'm Damon Billeck aka All American Boy. I'm 12 years old. I have osteosarcoma (bone cancer). I've been battling it for almost three years, but I've been doing it since I was nine, and I'm kind of used to it now. I like to play soccer. I like to play videogames with my brother because it's fun and I also have a three year old bike I ride outside and how we find out shopping. My mom was saying, "Damon I love you," and she felt something really hard and big. My mom said, "Damon, do you know what that is?" I was like, "No, it's my muscles; I'm strong." But I was just joking around with her. I had no idea what it was, but later we found out it was bone cancer.
And if I was to explain it to someone, I would just say I have osteosarcoma, bone cancer. It's a rare disease, and it came in my arm, and it took my arm, but If it was like a little kid I would just say, "shark ate it." They'd be like "Ah no way, that's so cool!" And how I like to explain it, what it's like...there's things I can't do...I can't...rollercoasters...sometimes I can't ride, because I only have one arm and I need two. I can't even count to ten...1 2 3 4 5...See I can't count to ten, but there's not much that I can do about that. I don't really get down. The first time I ever really got down was when they told me I had bone cancer. I was bawling and I'm sure you would be too if you found out. But I have tips for kids if they have bone cancer.
Always be happy. Don't ever be mad or sad about it. Never be scared. Never be afraid. Always be happy. And you'll get through with it. That's my motto. And this is my bell. I have done it for the community and for kids so when we're done with cancer or chemo, I ring it and it's a friendship bell.
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