Lance was a healthy, strong, and exceptionally active 4-year-old until being diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor in 2010. After a long and courageous battle, in 2012 Lance received miraculous news that his tumor stabilized and health improvement slowly followed. Lance’s illness left him unable to sit or walk and a determined Lance diligently attended countless physical and occupational therapy sessions.
While on his own road to recovery, Lance shared his story of pediatric cancer and hope. He was named the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Champion Ambassador and was selected to be the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Ambassador for all of Pennsylvania for 2016 and 2017 speaking on television, radio and in person as he traveled to events. Lance also advocated for pediatric cancer research as he shared his story with Connor’s Cure in memory of his friend who sadly lost his battle with pediatric brain cancer. Lance served as a 2017 Speedway Miracle Child as they raised funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
After years of therapy and medical procedures, Lance regained his ability to walk although he is left with disabilities. As his health improved, Lance, an avid hockey fan, looked for an inclusive sport and found the Mighty Penguins. From his first time on the ice, it was clear Lance found the sport he loves. Lance is a goalie and loves competition. Lance was thrilled to receive an invitation to attend USA Hockey Sled Select Camp for the first time in 2021!