It can be the scariest thing a family faces; a child diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.
The Cortez family says they rely on each other along with faith and support from the community to remain positive as their son battles cancer.
Paul Brent: "I had an MRI done and I found out a couple of days later that it was a tumor""
In June of 2012 at 15 years old, Paul Brent Cortez was diagnosed with osteosarcoma or bone cancer. The teen, who parents Denise and Paul say was never sick, was suddenly experiencing rounds of chemotherapy.
Paul Brent: "Go a week there come home for two days go back for two days come back"
Chemotherapy helped shrink the tumor attached to his femur. And a 9 hour surgery at Oschners in New Orleans claimed both the tumor and his femur. Now the 16 year old, who has a graph and rod in his leg, uses crutches to move around
Denise Cortez: "As a parent you can't do anything you can't hug away you can't kiss it away."
Life has changed for the Cortez family. Paul Brent attended Port Barre High and enjoyed playing football, and is now on homebound and will endure months of physical therapy
Denise Cortez: "A long road a very long road he has to go five years of scans to beat this to be a survivor of this."
Although not in remission, the family along with Mayor Gil Savoy, say they are staying positive.
Paul Brent: "It's good to know that there are people there who are really there for you. You see who your real friends are."
His homebound teacher organized a walk, which was attended by many in the community. And on May 18th, another Benefit will be held to help with costs of treatments.
Mayor Gil Savoy: "Every politician every neighbor, come out and support a good cause.""
The Cortez family hopes one day Paul Brent will fully recover from his cancer and the tears they have shed.
Denise Cortez: "And its can be a memory""
The Team Paul Warrior Bash will be held next Saturday, May 18th at Veterans Park in Port Barre. The benefit begins at 9:00 am. Music and food will be provided along with great music from local artists. Admission is five dollars at the gate.
For more information you can visit Paul's Warriors on Facebook. and be sure to watch both videos above.
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