• 93°

Ross Scott dealing well with his illness while at St. Jude

For a 12-year-old boy, Leslie Ross Scott is dealing with a lot, but his attitude and outlook are pragmatic and positive.

Currently, Ross is a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. On the last day of school, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

This school year, Ross was sick frequently, JoAnn Taylor said. She teaches at West Madison Elementary School. “Ross is a very sweet, polite and well-mannered child. He likes to watch wrestling and read books and magazines.”

After numerous doctors’ visits, repeated rounds of antibiotics didn’t help. In May, his cough worsened. After lab and blood work at Huntsville Hospital, Ross was referred to St. Jude.

“Ross is already taking chemotherapy,” Taylor said. She and fellow teacher Pam Berry visited Ross at St. Jude this week. “Make sure that people at my school know I don’t have lung cancer,” Ross told Taylor. “It’s a tumor on top of my chest.”

Ross has a good sense of humor and is confident and upbeat. He hopes to be photographed with a celebrity, like patient photos in St. Jude’s lobby.

Ross maturely described chemotherapy and butterfly needles. “He’s so brave and isn’t scared,” Taylor said. The St. Jude staff has informed Ross about his treatment and he knows what to expect. “He is part of the treatment plan.”

Taylor and Berry said Ross actually looks healthier now. “… Now that they know what’s wrong and are treating him.” He isn’t concerned that his long, curly hair will be cut.

From chemotherapy, Ross is experiencing pain in his jaw, hip and lower back. “Yeah, my jaw does hurt,” Ross told Taylor, “but they told me that was normal.”

An account for Ross will been opened at Redstone Federal Credit Union during the week of June 4. Check future issues of the “Madison Record” for updates.

For seven weeks in Memphis, Ross will have extensive chemotherapy and medication. Back at home, he will have two years of treatment at Huntsville’s St. Jude clinic.

Ross and his family have moved to Ronald McDonald House at St. Jude. “He wants to hear from his friends and get cards,” Taylor said. The address is Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, 535 Alabama Ave., Memphis, TN 38105.

When Ross returns to school, he will attend Discovery Middle School. His parents are Les and Anna Scott. Ross has two brothers who attend West Madison and Bob Jones High School.

In September, West Madison plans to conduct a walkathon for Ross.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

“I’m Meant To Be Here”- Dell Pettus Signs With New England Patriots- Former Sparkman Player Goes Pro

Lifestyles

Get those pumpkins planted: Halloween starts in July

Events

CAFY Back to School event to be held Saturday at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus

Bob Jones High School

Teachers support DIAL Scholarship program at UAH

Events

Joe Davis Stadium to host UNA vs. Jax State collegiate soccer match Aug. 18

Huntsville

UAH announces search for a master developer to enhance college-town experience

Events

Huntsville Parks & Recreation to host inaugural Color Jam Family Fun Run & Walk

Madison

Fernandez named Assistant Coordinator of Accountability and Innovative Programs

Madison

ALEA reports 9 traffic deaths, 3 drownings over July Fourth travel period

Madison

Management institute awards scholarship to Michelle Epling

Madison

Sarah Crouch’s debut novel, ‘Middletide,’ sets whodunnit in Puget Sound

Liberty Middle School

White named Secondary Instructional Technology Specialist

Madison

Nominations open for chamber’s Annual Gala Awards

Bob Jones High School

MCCL wishes good luck to 4 graduating seniors

Madison

DIGITAL WELLNESS: UAH researcher studying ways people are detoxing from addictive technology

DIGITAL WELLNESS: UAH researcher studying ways people are detoxing from addictive technology

Madison

Workers and high school students learning new skills at Calhoun Construction Academy

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – July 10, 2024

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Bodybuilding Championships To Showcase Body Perfections

Madison

Arrest made in shooting death of teen in Madison shooting

Madison

Garbage truck slams into Madison house injuring one

Madison

HONORING OUR PATRIOTS

Madison

Historical society accepts Alabama House resolution at picnic

Madison

Madison Station Historical Preservation Society reaches 40th anniversary

Harvest

Audience can chill to Calypso Vision on July 11

x