Lydia, 7, glided down the ski slopes with ease. It was spring 2019 and Lydia, along with her two younger siblings and her parents, was enjoying a ski vacation. Already tall for her age, Lydia was a natural athlete participating in soccer, basketball, and dance.
Back at home, Lydia began to complain about pain in her left leg. “We assumed it was just sore muscles from all the skiing she had done,” says Stephen Alwan, Lydia’s dad.
But her leg pain snowballed. Over the next few weeks, it continued to get worse.
“When it started to wake Lydia up in the middle of the night, that is when we knew something was off,” says Jessica.