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Backward leg allows young cancer survivor to dance

Backward leg allows young cancer survivor to dance

It was a cold morning in early December 2016 when Melissa Unger received a phone call at work that changed her family’s life forever.

She heard a physician on the other end say “the words that no parent ever wants to hear, that your child has a mass on her femur and you have an appointment that afternoon with a pediatric oncologist,” Unger said.

For the Ungers and their 12-year-old daughter, Delaney, a dedicated dancer since the age of 3, the news was devastating. Delaney had a rare and aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma of the knee, which would require chemotherapy and amputation of her left knee.

Her future as a dancer seemed over.

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