Cylie Pastian, DeSmet, South Dakota
(Sioux Falls, SD)America now knows why Cylie Pastian, 11, of DeSmet, South Dakota is an inspiration. The Sanford Childrens patient and 2007 Childrens Miracle Network South Dakota Champion was featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Friday, February 15.
Cylie was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in her right leg in July 2006. For treatment, she endured months of intense and extended chemotherapy. Doctors also removed part of her femur and replaced it with a cadaver bone. An active little girl, the diagnosis meant Cylie could no longer play the sports she enjoyed. For months, she was forced to watch her basketball team practice without her.
After her treatment, Cylie learned to walk again and dreamed of returning to the basketball court. Today, she is still not allowed physical contact, but her basketball coaches came up with a game plan to keep her with the team. Every time one of her teammates is fouled and awarded free throws, Cylie comes into the game.
Her inspirational story and the compassion of her teammates and opponents caught the attention of CBS News in early February 2008. Reporter Steve Hartman featured Cylie and her hoop dreams during his weekly Assignment America feature on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
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