As hundreds of folks crossed the finish line during the Hearts of Gold Walk over the weekend, a Middlebury teen was busy nearing a different kind of finish line in his battle with cancer.
Sam Grewe, 14, has been undergoing treatment for a rare form of bone cancer since December of 2011. Now, some 14 months later, he's on the road to recovery, and officially done with chemo.
Sam Tweeted the good news Monday night, and posted this photo on Facebook with Brian Kelly's wife, Paqui, a two-time cancer survivor herself.
The Fighting Irish have played a big role in Sam's fight against the disease. The ND Football Team adopted the teen during their incredible season, and he quickly became a fixture on the sidelines as the victories continued to pile up. Sam and his family were even invited down to Miami for the national championship game and Sam was on the field and in the locker room before and during the game.
Many Irish players tweeted messages at Sam passing along their congratulations when they heard the news Monday.
Back in December 2011, Sam started feeling pain in his knee. Tests soon showed that a rare form of cancer was to blame.
“Sam was told he had a tumor on Christmas Eve last year and then he overheard a conversation on Christmas Day. That's how he found out he had cancer,” his mom Michelle explained to NewsCenter 16 last month.
And the decision was made to go with what's called a Rotationplasty in hopes of making Sam cancer-free and giving him the chance to one day get back to playing sports.
“they cut his leg off the top and at bottom removed the center section, and they took what was left of his lower leg and re-attached it to the top of the leg, but backwards,” his mother described.
Sam will be in the hospital until Friday night flushing out the chemicals left by chemotherapy. Then it's a matter of getting tests and scans done to make sure he's cancer-free.