Clayton Futch, 2, of Liberty County is ending his cancer treatment, and to celebrate, his family is donating a bell for future children ending their own treatment at Memorial Health in Savannah.
The bell will be in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient clinic at Memorial and will serve to signify celebration for all pediatric patients who complete treatment. A bell-ringing ceremony is set for 10 a.m. May 8.
“We truly can’t believe this journey is coming to an end and that our new normal is about to begin again,” said Janie Futch, Clayton’s mother. “We are so happy and blessed to not only be able to ring this bell for Clayton, but to be able to donate it so that all the others after Clayton can hear its victorious ring in their triumph of such a brutal journey.”
Clayton is the youngest son of Janie and Dustin Futch, both lifelong residents of Liberty County. The child was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer that can affect the head, neck, urinary system, reproductive organs, arms and/or legs of a patient.
Upon discovery of the cancer, a baseball-sized tumor in his abdomen required aggressive treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Due to his age and the type of cancer, he and his family spent six weeks in Boston, Massachusetts, so he could receive proton radiation treatments from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Clayton’s last chemotherapy treatment was April 30 at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. In total, he received 40 chemotherapy treatments in addition to the radiation.
To follow along with the Futch family during Clayton’s journey, find the “Clayton’s Clan” group on Facebook.