Sup­port flooding in for Boone wrestler with leukemia

Stephen Spitko un­der­go­ing treat­ment at CHOP

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Austin Hertzog ahert­zog@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @AustinHert­zog on Twit­ter

The Daniel Boone and wrestling com­mu­ni­ties are ral­ly­ing around fresh­man wrestling stand­out Stephen Spitko, who was di­ag­nosed with a form of leukaemia on April 30.

Spitko is cur­rently in the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Philadelphia af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with T cell acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia. Due to the ur­gency of the diagnosis, doc­tors be­gan chemo­ther­apy treat­ment im­me­di­ately Sun­day. Wed­nes­day morn­ing he was moved out of the in­ten­sive care unit and into on­col­ogy af­ter re­spond­ing well to treat­ment on the clus­ter of leukaemia cells be­hind his heart, in his stom­ach and in his spinal fluid.

The 106-pounder, who was a Mer­cury All-Area first team se­lec­tion in the win­ter, re­ported breath­ing is­sues Satur­day and was taken to Pottstown Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter by his par­ents, Kevin and Les­ley, be­fore be­ing taken by am­bu­lance to CHOP, ac­cord­ing to Daniel Boone wrestling coach Kevin Oswalt, who vis­ited Spitko along with mem­bers of the Blaz­ers’ team on Mon­day.

Sup­port on so­cial me­dia and other chan­nels have poured in both from the Daniel Boone and wrestling com­mu­ni­ties.

“Stephen is a well-liked young man, not only in our com­mu­nity but through­out the wrestling world,” Oswalt said. “The wrestling com­mu­nity is a huge com­mu­nity. There’s been a lot of peo­ple from all over the place con­tact­ing me be­cause they’ve heard about Stephen and want to help in any way they can.”

A Go­FundMe page has been cre­ated to de­fray the cost of med­i­cal ex­penses for the Spitko fam­ily. The page can be found at www.go­ spitkostrong.

“I know the fam­ily greatly ap­pre­ci­ates the sup­port,” Oswalt said. “We’ve just got to pray ev­ery­day and hope­fully he’s strong enough to beat this, which if there’s any­body on the team that could do it, it’s him. He’ll go af­ter this full tilt, there’s no doubt in mind.”

For fu­ture up­dates on Spitko’s sta­tus, mon­i­tor the Daniel Boone HS Wrestling Face­book page.


Daniel Boone fresh­man Stephen Spitko is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for leukemia.

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