Teen cancer patients help each other through treatment


by Jaime Cerreta

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Posted on December 12, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:00 PM

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Two teenage cancer patients formed a friendship through their treatments, and now they're helping each other fight the disease.

Nicholas Floyd, 15, of Avondale, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in October 2012. It was around that time 19-year-old Jeremy Gonzalez, of Chandler, was meeting the same fate.

"I felt my whole world freeze," Gonzalez said. "It was pretty upsetting."

The two boys exchanged cellphone numbers and, through text messages, consoled each other during chemotherapy treatments.

"We went through kind of the same stuff," Floyd said. "We both felt the same sickness."

When a Phoenix-based T-shirt company, Paper Clouds Apparel, decided to donate half its proceeds to help pay Gonzalez's hospital bills, the teen learned he was in remission.

"I was pretty happy," he said. "That was probably the greatest news I could hear."

He asked the company to continue its campaign but donate the money to Floyd instead.

"I was just blown away that this young man would have that kind of character to do something that's so amazing for his friend," Paper Clouds Apparel founder Robert Thornton said.

Floyd is holding a 5K race to raise money for kids battling cancer, including Gonzalez. It will be held Saturday, Dec. 21 at Rio Vista Park in Peoria.