Megan Evans, Ewing’s Sarcoma
She flies through the air with the greatest of ease — that’s Megan Evans, a 12-year-old gymnast who also is a survivor of Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer usually found in children and young adults.
Diagnosed in early 2000, Megan’s tumor was found in her upper left arm. That discovery caused her to leave her tumbling mat behind and come to MD Anderson for treatment. Although her mom uses words like “scary,” “devastating” and “overwhelming” to describe her feelings about Megan’s cancer diagnosis, she also is quick to assert that their MD Anderson experience was a positive one.
Megan remembers that she always had something fun to do, whether it was working a puzzle in the playroom, drawing pictures in art class for the Children’s Art Project or even going on a field trip to SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas.
During treatment, hats became a major accessory for this young fashionista — so much so that after she returned to her home school, a monthly “hat day” was planned. All second graders were allowed to wear hats along with Megan so she wouldn’t feel different from the other kids. Her hat finally came off for good just in time for her first communion at church.
Even though her hat was gone, it took the doctor to convince her mom that Megan’s arm was strong enough to go back to gymnastics. Today, it’s the balance beam and floor exercises that add a special lift to her step.