WeAreSC dinner

Anthony Davis and Ryan Davidson were the headline speakers at the WeAreSC dinner held tonight at the Papadakis Taverna. Click below for photos from the event and for the text of a speech written by Ryan which was read at the dinner.

John Jackson, Ryan Killeen, Ryan Davidson and Kirby Davidson

Ryan Davidson and Kirby Davidson

Anthony Davis and Ryan Davidson

Anthony Davis and Ryan Davidson

Ryan Davidson signs copy of WeAreSC magazine


speech written by Ryan Davidson

Cancer. It's one of the scariest words you can ever hear. "You have cancer," is the one sentence no one wants to hear. But for some people, they hear it twice. I am one of those people.

There are a lot of hard things about having cancer, but it's not all bad. I was only six years old when I was first diagnosed. It was June, and I was having a lot of headaches. Soon my left hand got noticeably weaker and I could barely do anything with it. This continued into July so my mom took me to the doctor. He checked me over, then sent me to have an MRI. They found that I had a brain tumor.

Later that day I went to the hospital and the very next morning I had surgery. I was nervous because I didn't know what would happen. My surgery went well. I then had radiation treatment for six weeks. After my surgery and treatment I was cancer free for almost five years.

About five years later I went to the hospital for a routine MRI. That night my family was supposed to have a celebration dinner for my five year cancer free anniversary, but it turned differently. We again heard the words "You have cancer." Since the tumor was a lot smaller I didn't have to have surgery for almost a month. What a way to end fifth grade!

Now I'm in 7th grade and soon to be 13. I'm on preventive chemotherapy and take 15 pills every day. I take them every day and night. Cancer has been very hard for me. Every morning I wake up wondering, "Will I make it to school?" Some days I wake up and feel like I could sleep until tomorrow. I only made it to school about one-third of the time. Missing school makes me miss my friends, orchestra, and playing sports. I can barely run and going up stairs feels like somebody's pushing me down.

Although there are a lot of difficult things with cancer, it's not all rough. About a year ago, someone heard my story. Connections were made and I met the entire USC football team before the Cal game. They knew and understood my story and were so nice to me. There I was with my role models who I've looked up to for so long, and they're looking up to me. Now, I've taken the school's motto "Fight On!" with me for everything I do. I've taken this motto with me and I'd like you to do the same. We all have our struggles. Some life threatening, some you face every day. No matter what, we all need to "Fight On!"

Click here to read WeAreSC feature story on Ryan Davidson

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