Damon Billeck

Eleven-year-old Damon might not be an expert on osteosarcoma, but he’s become a professional at beating the odds. A rare bone cancer rapidly developed in Damon’s arm. His parents couldn’t believe the words they heard from an orthopedic surgeon in Austin: “amputation or he’ll die.” Hoping for another option, Damon’s family found the world-renown UT Health San Antonio pediatric oncologists at University Hospital’s South Texas Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center. There, they received the reassuring advice to hang on to hope. Doctors went to work to not only save Damon’s life, but also his arm.

The mission of the South Texas Pediatric Blood and Cancer Center at University Hospital is to do everything possible to give every child a chance at having a normal life. The tumor inside Damon’s arm was one of the largest our team has ever seen in a young child. Damon and his family knew that amputation was a high possibility, but thanks to the extensive resources and expertise of this team, Damon still has two arms and is not letting cancer keep him down. That’s The University Difference.

For over 30 years, UT Health San Antonio’s pediatric hematology and oncology specialists have provided the very best in comprehensive care, education and research for the children of South Texas.