Type of Cancer: Bone
Date diagnosed: September 2004
Where she is in treatment: In remission
Treatment Center: The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
Kady Pletcher’s right upper right arm hurt after playing softball in summer 2004.
When the pain resumed after school started, her mom and stepdad, Susan and Scott Meacham, took her to a doctor. The prognosis was sobering: She had bone cancer.
“It was pretty scary,” Kady said. “I admit that I freaked out a little bit.” Kady, who was 11 when she found out she had cancer, said she was nervous. The hardest part was losing her hair.
“Being in middle school ... you have all these people and pressures, and then not having your hair,” she said.
Scott Meacham, Oklahoma’s state treasurer, said on the way home from the doctor’s office Kady said all she wanted to do “was make it through the sixth grade.” She had just started the sixth grade.
Later that year, she went through treatment and almost died on her 12th birthday because of a bad reaction to one of the cancer drugs, he said. She was swiftly admitted in a clinical trial program and received medication immediately because the drugs were available at the research pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma.
After the first phase of treatment, she underwent an operation to remove a bone in her upper arm followed by additional chemotherapy treatment.