Bone Cancer Takes Away Young Violinist's Shoulder, He Continues Playing

by: cancercompass

When Joe Ginem was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma four years ago, the then 15-year-old couldn't even pick up a pencil. A talented violinist, the musician was unable to play the instrument he cared for so deeply.

After undergoing successful surgery and chemotherapy, Ginem was asked to make a tough decision about his recovery.

"My surgeon gave me the option of being able to make daily tasks easier or being able to play the violin better and I chose the musician route," Ginem told ABC News.

An inspiring story about perseverance, Ginem hopes to attend Juilliard to advance his musical talents.

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