Ten-year-old Casey Doyle has been on a four-month mission to “beat Boris,” his nickname for the life-threatening tumor in his throat.
The fifth-grader took a wooden mallet to a 3-D printed model of Boris, the nearly golf-ball-sized tumor doctors found in January when Casey was diagnosed with synovial cell sarcoma. Donning a Batman shirt in his room at University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, he pounded the exact replica of the villain until it burst into pieces and oozed goo.
A couple of weeks later, Casey was able to bid Boris another goodbye, this time sharing the experience with a crowd of cheering classmates at George Long Elementary who have been supporting their friend with “beat Boris” bracelets.
“We talked about him so much that I just named him Boris. Boris is evil,” Casey says. “He’s caused a lot of trouble for me and my family. Because of him I’ve spent a lot of time here at the hospital. I wanted to destroy him. … It felt great.”
A team of surgeons at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital removed the tumor in March, but at Casey’s request, doctors sent him home with Boris — well, Boris’ twin, at least.
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