A 10-year-old soccer star refused to let cancer get in the way of her training.
Luna Perrone is a 10-year-old girl from Florida who loves playing soccer more than anything. But when Luna was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, she was forced to take a break from the field.
Most kids in Luna’s situation would’ve taken time off from training to focus on treatment and recovery. But Luna isn’t like most kids.
Instead of letting her diagnosis slow her down, Luna spends her days in the hospital training for her eventual comeback. Whether it’s practicing her footwork or doing crunches on the railing, Luna finds creative ways to sharpen her skills in the hospital.
According to her Instagram page, Luna has fortunately been able to get in some practice sessions outside as well, as she continues to go through chemotherapy. And when she’s not training, she’s probably playing with her adorable puppy, Tyrone!
Luna may have a long road ahead of her, but she’s clearly shown an incredibly strong will and determination to go through treatment and come out stronger on the other side.
While Luna has continued to be an inspiration, the economic impact of the treatment, which includes daily shots that cost $4,000 a dose, has been overwhelming for the Perrone family. Thankfully, Luna’s soccer community came to the family’s aid.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up by the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association to help the Perrone family afford the expensive medical bills. The PBGYAA, who run the U-11 Girls Elite travel team that Luna plays on, have helped raise almost $95,000 and counting for the Perrone family.
On Instagram, Luna said that her goal is to one day play for the United States Women’s National Team. Based on her work ethic, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Luna achieve that dream. Keep up the grind, Luna!
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