Joey Atkins Jr., son of Joe Atkins Sr. of the Voorhees Parts Department, was awarded the Harrington Middle School "Unsung Hero Award" at his 8th Grade Graduation this July. It was one of the few times this year that Joey was able to attend his middle school. In February, Joey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. After slipping on the ice in a fierce winter storm, Joey broke his hip, and it was soon discovered that this form of cancer had taken root in his right knee and leg. He has spent the last several months undergoing chemotherapy and is due to have major surgery on his leg to attempt to remove the cancer. Doctors expect to remove only his right knee and shinbone, however the whole leg may have to be removed and replaced with a prosthetic in order to stop the cancer from spreading through his whole body. Students of Harrington Middle School have fully supported Joey, sponsoring car washes and bake sales to raise funds. We at Hale Trailer continue to wish Joey good luck and a safe recovery from his surgery.
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