School rallies behind local teen after his leg amputation gets canceled

A local high school student is celebrating the surprise of a lifetime.

By Ashley Richmond |

Published 10/24 2016 06:36PM

Updated 10/24 2016 06:36PM

A local high school student is celebrating the surprise of a lifetime.
Monday was supposed to be a send-off assembly for Parker Kress, a freshman at Pleasant Valley High School. Parker's been battling been battling Ewing's Sarcoma- a type of bone cancer- since 2014.
This past summer, doctors found an infection in Parker's leg. After antibiotics didn't heal it, Parker says he was ready to have it amputated on Tuesday.
"I was prepared to go through physical therapy, learn how to walk with a prosthetic," said Kress.
However, just days before surgery, Parker found out the infection is gone and he won't have to get his leg amputated, after all.
"I didn't believe it at first. Like the first hour or so, I just sat there like kind of quiet because I didn't know what to do," said Kress.
Once the news finally sank in, Parker and his family say they were so relieved, and the celebration at Parker's school was anything but quiet. In typical teenage fashion, Parker's speech was short and sweet.
"Just thank you for the support you've shown me. It's made everything easier. Just... yeah. I'm not prepared for this at all," said Kress.
One of Parker's favorite athletes- former Iowa and NFL football player Pat Angerer- also spoke at the assembly.
"The biggest thing for me was his positivity. When they said he was going to have his leg amputated, one of the things he said is 'Okay, now I can start training for the Paralympics.' That mindset on anybody is truly amazing and truly inspiring," said Angerer.
The students at PV have been rallying behind Parker all the way, even wearing their yellow 'Power for Parker' shirts at the school football games.
"After everything that Parker's gone through with chemo and everything, it seemed like we were just getting one punch after another. For something to go our way, it was great," said Kristin Dumser, Parker's Mother.
Although he won't be losing his leg, Parker says he's not in the clear yet, health-wise. He still has some spots on his lungs that he needs to get checked out. However, he says the surprise positive diagnosis with his leg, combined with the amazing support from his whole school, makes fighting cancer just a little bit easier.

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