10-year-old Winterville boy in remission after battle with rare cancer

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Drew Owens looks like a typical 10-year-old boy. He even annoys his little sister Riley.

Drew, however, has already gone through more than most do in their entire life. That 10-year-old boy is now in remission after battling stage three Burkitt’s lymphoma.

His mom, Farrah Owens, says it took a toll on the whole family.

“It is an awful feeling because you can’t do anything,” Owens said. “You can’t make the pain go away; you can’t stop the side effects.”

Farrah and her husband Rick said Riley, who is 7 years old, took it the hardest.

“The hardest question I ever had to answer was when she looked at me one night when I was putting her to bed, and she asked if she would have cancer too,” Rick Owens said.

The family watched Drew go through his ordeal as he underwent several rounds of chemo and spent days and nights in the hospital.

“He was so resilient, and they are so tough, and that was one of the things when he was getting ready for chemo, I asked the doctor what it was going to do to him, and he said it doesn’t do the same things as adults,” said Farrah Owens.

After four rounds of chemo and hundreds of doctor appointments, Drew is back in school. He’s in the fifth grade playing basketball, baseball, and reading as many books as he can.

Farrah said she knows other families aren’t as fortunate as them, so it’s time to raise awareness and find a cure.

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