When 11-year-old Bucks County resident Mason Chandler Allen initially experienced lingering pain in his leg after a football injury, his doctor told him it was a growth spurt. But, just a few months later in September 2015, Mason was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
He endured nine months of grueling chemotherapy, surgery to replace his knee and right femur, and three-days-a-week physical therapy to help him walk again. After a year of home schooling for sixth grade, Mason, an academically gifted, athletic, and fun-loving youth, celebrated the end of chemotherapy in June 2016.
He triumphantly returned to Carl Sandburg Middle School in September 2016 on crutches – the wheelchair and walker relegated to the closet. Mason and a friend launched the Scoop, the school newspaper, and he looked forward to the start of Debate Club and a return to school and friends.
However, by late December, Mason suffered a recurrence of the disease and by January 2017, he could no longer attend school. On March 11th, 2017, at age 13 Mason lost his battle to the disease.
Mason was an exceptional young man, who was caring and compassionate to everyone he met.
The Mason Chandler Allen Memorial Foundation is his legacy – raising awareness and continuing the fight against pediatric cancers, and recognizing youth who exhibit his characteristics of academic excellence and compassion for others who are excluded or in need.
Join Steps Toward the Cure (STEPS), a community walk to raise funds to combat pediatric cancer, on Saturday, September 23rd, at 8:00am, at the Carl Sandburg Middle School, 30 Harmony Road, Levittown.
STEPS was established as part of the Mason Chandler Allen Memorial Foundation to carry on Mason’s legacy.
Visit mcamf.org to register, or register on-site the day of the walk.