Local boy with cancer sets plan to live life despite diagnosis

VAN ALSTYNE,TX -- A local high school student is choosing to live his life to its fullest while battling cancer and some community members are helping him do just that.

"He's strong, and he still says he's okay; he's got this," said Gayle Johnson.

17 year old Leonard high school student Dallas McAdams has an agenda for life.

He was first diagnosed with Osteosarcoma; a type of bone cancer, in April of last year and after 9 months of chemotherapy he'd beaten it, until cancer recently returned and has now spread to his lungs.

He's had two lung surgeries and doctors recently delivered some bad news.

"He said Dallas, you will be in the hospital 90 percent of your life and he said you will be very sick," said Johnson.

Gayle Johnson is Dallas' caretaker.

Johnson says instead of choosing a life in the hospital, Dallas has chosen to live the rest of his life to the fullest.

"With the outcome of being deathly sick, and taking some medicines at home, and trying to fight it that way; he wants to live life," said Johnson.

On Friday, officials from "Always Better Care," a local health care company gave Dallas eight box seats to an upcoming Rangers Game from donations they received.

Chad Morrison presented the tickets.

"It's a sad situation, but maybe this will make something a whole lot better," said Morrison.

And Dallas says he hopes to get an autograph from his favorite pitcher.

"Who's your favorite player? Yu Darvish," said Dallas McAdams.

With the time Dallas has left, the loved ones in his life plan on taking several trips with him on his bucket list and are cherishing whatever time they have left with the boy with so much left to do.

"They gave us a timeline, but we're praying for the good Lord to heal him and that can be done," said Johnson.


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