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Greenville student beats cancer, welcomed back to school with big celebration


It's back to school for a Muhlenberg County student. 

Tyler Foster was welcomed back with a special celebration on Monday, after battling bone cancer that almost took his young life.

"It's like I knew it was going to come, but I didn't think it was going to happen," Tyler told 14 News.

January of last year, Tyler went to the school nurse after some leg pain that just became unbearable.

"My leg had been hurting really bad, but we just thought it was growing pains because I had grown two inches in a month. It started swelling really bad and it got as hard as a rock," Tyler said.

The diagnosis was Osteosarcoma, otherwise known as bone cancer.

"I remember there were some days where I just thought I'm not going to make it, I'm not going to make it. Something's going to go wrong and I'm not going to make it," Tyler said.

During chemo, Tyler's weight slipped to just 80 pounds.  

"Every time something got better, something had to double it by being worse," he shared.

With a happy turn, Tyler beat cancer and regained his strength.

Doors, the ones he thought might never open for him again, swing wide in a very big way on Monday.

It's not everyday that the entire teaching staff rolls out a flash mob, but they cut loose for Tyler.

"I was surprised and I was really, really shocked," Tyler said.

What does Tyler want now? He wants to be a normal kid, sit with his friends at lunch, and talk about whatever teenage boys talk about.

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