Childhood Cancer Warrior: Tristan

As told by his mom, Mirabel

First and foremost, we would like to thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed on Tristan and our family and for the amazing oncology team at Cook Children’s Medical Center, with the help of MD Anderson team. Secondly, we would like to thank Sky High for Kids, our family, and friends for all the love, prayers, and support they have given Tristan. We would also like to thank the Mafrige Ranch, Patrick and Carrie Hodgins for an unforgettable hunting trip last year. Tristan now thinks he is a professional hunter. 

Tristan is a 14-year-old boy with a heart of gold who loves God, his family and friends, and football. A typical Texas boy with old fashion mannerisms. He loves being an uncle to his nephews Anthony, Alexander, and Asher. He loves hanging out with his older brothers, cousins, and friends. He is a natural comedian who can never keep a straight face. Don’t be intimidated by his size (5’8’; 220 lb. linebacker), he is a teddy bear; cute, loving, and kind. 

Before cancer Tristan was very active in sports. He played football, basketball, baseball, and whatever other physical activities Dad could find for him to do. He does not let cancer hold him back and plans to make a comeback with a big bang. He still participates in athletics as a manager. Our Greenwood coaches and kids have gone far and above to make Tristan part of the team. He still remains active in the gym with his dad and his brothers. Running after his nephews keeps him pretty active too. 

Tristan’s first battle began on May 4, 2021, at 12 years old when he was diagnosed with stage 3 Osteosarcoma localized in his right leg below his knee. He had a below the knee amputation on July 27, 2021. He went through 27 cycles of aggressive chemo treatments. On January 10, 2022, he had his last chemo treatment and was in remission. 

Tristan’s second battle began on April 27, 2023, with relapsed Osteosarcoma, at 14 years old on the right side of his neck area. He began another round of aggressive chemo treatments soon after. We were referred to the amazing oncology team at MD Anderson for Tristan’s surgery. On August 15, 2023, Tristan underwent a successful surgery. Dr. Austin was able to remove the entire tumor in his neck. We received news of his pathology report on August 24, 2023. His tumor was 90% dead, lymph nodes tested negative for Osteosarcoma. This has been the best news we have received in months; thanks be to God and all his glory.

Tristan is always smiling no matter what the situation. His strength and faith in God has been a true inspiration to us all. He has embraced both trials without any questions. His resilience is unreal. He always tells me, “Mom, I got God by my side, and I will win”. Tristan is the true definition of a warrior. 

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and soul for the continued love, prayers, and support. We could not have gotten through this without you all. 

With love and gratitude, 

Tristan and the Wilson Family 

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