Tribune-Courier News Editor
DRAFFENVILLE – Tristan Spindler’s holiday cheer remains unfettered by Ewing’s sarcoma bone cancer.
Tristan, 13, of Calvert City, appeared at a fund raising bake sale at Mike Miller Park on his behalf on Dec. 17.
“I always thing positively, and that’s because of my family, mostly,” Tristan said.
Tristan said original plans called for him to be in Louisville for ongoing chemotherapy this week, but doctors gave him a second week off from treatment. He plans to spend the week celebrating Christmas with his family.
“I mostly miss home,” Tristan said. “I can’t get out much, and talk to most of my friends online. It starts to get boring after a while. My family’s great and they come to visit me as much as possible when my mom and I are up there for treatment.”
Tristan’s mother Mandy Spindler said Tristan usually spends two weeks in chemotherapy treatment, before receiving a week off. He may receive a stem cell transplant as he responds to treatment.
“He was diagnosed in September of 2011, and suffered a relapse this September,” Mandy Spindler said.
Tristan said his favorite holiday activity is spending time with his family.
“I never want to think negatively,” Tristan said. “All I want for Christmas is for this to go away. After the holiday, I’ll have another treatment and then they’ll scan to see if anything has changed.”
Tristan’s stepfather Travis Reid said he must undergo dialysis and cannot often accompany Tristan for treatment. He stays home to mind the other children in the family. He thanked the community and friends for the bake sale and ongoing support for his family.
“It’s amazing to me how everyone has come together. Everyone’s been really good to us,” Reid said. “It shows how people really care.”
Mandy Spindler said the bake sale was organized by friends of the family to help with holiday and medical expenses.
“We’re having a good time here at Mike Miller Park, and are hoping that people who come to see the lights will stop and get some baked goods,” Mandy Spindler said.
Mandy Spindler added all the baked goods were cooked by friends.
“I’m amazed and want to thank everyone,” Mandy Spindler said. “I’m overwhelmed with how people have helped us deal with Tristan’s illness for a year-and-a-half.”
Tristan thanked everyone for the bake sale and ongoing support. He was quick to smile and laugh throughout the evening and was the life of the party.
“I had one friend that asked me if I was afraid to die,” Tristan said. “I told him I never thought about it. I try not to think about stuff like that.”
Tristan has an account set up on his behalf at CFSB. To donate, send contributions to CFSB for Tristan’s Benefit Account.