Molly’s Kids Meet Michael Lester, diagnosed with cancer 4 days before his 18th birthday

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Michael Lester was diagnosed with cancer four days before his 18th birthday.

It’s a tough story for this teen who can’t go to school because of Ewing’s sarcoma. His mom, Kimberly Cutler, says he’s had ten rounds of radiation, a bone marrow biopsy, and “24 rounds of the toughest chemo treatment you can get.”

“A lot of tears and emotions over the past few months,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how childhood cancer affects so many children, and how it affects all their families as well, as we take our children to doctors, appointments, treatments and watch them fight.”

Born and raised in North Carolina, Michael moved to Alabama a few years ago. He has a 21-year-old sister who still lives in Stony Point, North Carolina (a small town in both Alexander and Iredell Counties). He told his mother that his pain started in his stomach. His mother said the first doctor in Alabama called it constipation. After the pain did not subside, his mother drove him back to North Carolina to take him to his old doctor in Taylorsville. That doctor said it was kidney stones.

“They gave him medicine,” she said. “But after he finished the drug, the pain still stabbed him in his stomach. So we went back to that same doctor. This time they sent him to Iredell Memorial Hospital. They are the ones who have found the masses. Unfortunately, it was Ewing’s sarcoma.”

For those unfamiliar with this cancer, it usually occurs in and around the bones, and most commonly affects children and young adults.

Kimberly calls it a “journey we hope to take, but will never forget.”

“He has survived the treatments surprisingly well,” Kimberly said. “He’s taking it all like a champ. He did get a staph infection and had to be hospitalized for six long days. We’ve actually been to five different hospitals now in three different states for different treatments, including pain management in Wake Forest. We’re just trying to get through it.”

Some of our great #MollysKids stories are just a realization that these diagnoses happen, even when described as “extremely rare.” If you Google Ewing’s sarcoma, it’s described like this: “Extremely rare.” And yet, here’s Michael. Kimberly said she reached out because she just wanted us to know: Kids argue all the time.

“It’s a world you don’t ask to be,” she said. “Nobody wants this club membership. Then you’re suddenly in the middle of it and you wonder why no one on the outside realizes how many families are inside this group and fighting so hard.”

We’re listening, Kimberly.

Tell your son to keep fighting and please keep us posted.

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