Dustin: When I was five years old I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a very rare cancer. When you are a young cowboy and you’re told that you can’t wear cowboy boots for three months after surgery, it’s traumatic.
It is truly by God’s grace that I am a live today and have been cured for 25 years.
The first time that I ever really remember thinking about adoption was on a mission trip to Peru when I was 16. We did some mission work at a local church that helped with an orphanage, and seeing some of the children there and having a chance to take some time and invest in their lives really began the process of opening my heart to adoption.
Lindsey: Dustin would be the second youngest person in the world to ever be diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. Dustin’s cancer was found in his chest cavity and in some the bones of his rib cage; he went through 3 years of treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and needing a more extreme way to rid his body of the cancer, they operated on him. That day he would lose two and a half ribs on his right side and various muscle tissues. After the surgery they performed a few tests to see if the cancer had been eradicated from his body.