TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Children can be fearless, strong and confident. When they fight cancer, they are all of those things. They are warriors.
Often it's hard for children to grasp how big of a battle they are fighting.
Valory Newton is 9 years old. She's an avid dancer and she is a cancer warrior.
Even through the pain, Valory is keeping her head high. With a smile on her face, she is hoping to one day dance again.
A young girl who should be focused on school, her friends, and dancing. Now Valory has been forced to focus on fighting cancer.
"I have cancer. I don't know what it is called, but my mom knows what is it called," said Valory.
Valory was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer of her left fibula.
She began experiencing pain while dancing at nationals last July. By November her leg was swollen and she was complaining of chest pains.
Valory's family took her to the hospital where a diagnosis came quickly.
"I didn't understand that anything that there was any cancer going on i just thought it was a shattered bone and she was tough girl who going through it, making it though the pain," said Valory's father, Thomas Newton.
"It was hard to process so, even that Monday after thanksgiving we came in here she had the ports placed, and then said 'we're going to start chemo today' and we said 'whoa wait a minute," said Valory's mother, Dyana Newton.
Since that moment, life has changed not just for Valory but for the whole family.
"Nothing is the same. Not only are we affected but our parents and friends, and everyone is kind of affected," said Dyana Newton.
"You feel like you got to be the strong person, but after awhile it's overwhelming," said Thomas Newton.
Valory's parents say while everyone is suffering, it is Valory feeling the physical pain.
"It's more scarier for her than anything else," said Thomas Newton.
"I mean she's the one that is getting poked all the time. Not only do we have to come here and get poked, but on our days off we have certain days we have to get blood drawn at the lab. Or I had to do IV fluids for a week at home for her," said Dyana Newton.
As if things are not hard enough already, just last month the family heard the news they had been dreading. Valory required her leg left to be amputated.
"It doesn't feel good to make that decision but the doctors say you are playing Russian roulette if you don't. I mean the decision is already made for you, kind of, it comes to life or losing her limb it's easy to make that choice," said Thomas Newton.
Valory, always a fighter, says she plans to dance again.