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Carson Fox is back.
The Los Alamitos sophomore who had his left leg amputated above the knee last year because of a rare cancer returned to high school competition Thursday by racing the 100 meters in a track meet against visiting Corona del Mar.
Fox, also a promising long snapper for the Griffins’ football team, ran with a ‘blade” prosthetic only four months after completing his final chemotherapy treatment.
“Very emotional,” his father J.D. said of watching his son compete.
Fox started training with the Griffins’ track team last week and aims to return to long snapping this fall.
Fox and his family learned of the rare and aggressive cancer after he broke his ankle while snapping in a football game as a freshman.
Fox underwent an x-ray for his ankle but it was an appointment with a sports chiropractor for an existing hamstring issue that provided the clue that something else might be going on. He was later diagnosed with Telangiectatic Osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that begins in cells that form bones.
Fox underwent the amputation because his tumor was growing at an alarming rate.
He credits the support of his classmates for helping him through the ordeal. But Fox’s courageous attitude continues to inspire others, especially at Los Alamitos.