March 24, 2023 – West Bend, WI – Three days before his 13th birthday Damian Buchman was diagnosed with bone cancer in right leg.
Following treatment, chemotherapy, a relapse and 28 knee replacement surgeries Buchman successfully launched a career that focuses on spreading the message of positivity, possibilities, passion, and perseverance.
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Buchman was the featured guest of Cedar Community; he spoke for one hour before a sold-out crowd Thursday night in West Bend and walked through a photo gallery of his life detailing his struggles with childhood bone cancer, fears of relapse, and fighting a diagnosis where doctors sent him home to die.
“By my ninth treatment doctors said they couldn’t give me any more chemo,” said Buchman. “The doctor told my mom he would not do surgery because ‘Damian wouldn’t survive.'”
But it was perseverance and positivity that led Buchman to be a one-in-a-billion survivor of childhood cancer. He pushed that accomplishment to the next level and working at a camp for kids with cancer started on a path to develop an adaptive playground.
“It’s a $125 million complex that will house an Opportunity Center,” said Buchman. “It will cater to under-privilege across the board.”
Buchman is also teaming with Cedar Community on an inter-generational all-ability park. More details will be announced in the coming months.