Mason Sitzmann, son of Gladys Nunez and Curtis Sitzmann, has been named the December 31, 2021 Hot Shot. He is 9 years old and attends the 4th grade at Franklin Elementary School. Mason has been working hard with physical, occupational and speech therapies after removing a brain tumor. Through all these challenges, Mason’s mom said that Floyd Valley has helped him grow into a stronger, more confident little guy.
At 7, Mason began gaining weight even though he was experiencing severe stomach issues every day. A short time later he began having migraines that also negatively affected his sleep. After an MRI, a specialist discovered Mason had a tumor the size of a softball on his pituitary gland. He had a successful surgery that removed the majority of the tumor and he received radiation treatments. Mason needed therapy to learn to walk, talk and carry on with normal daily activities. Through all of this, he has remained the sweetest, kindest kid and continues to help and think of others first.
According to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that 15,590 children and adolescents up to 19 years-of-age will be diagnosed with cancer in the US.
Please join us in celebrating Mason, our December Hot Shot!
The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH) began the Hot Shots program in 2018. This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients who have chronic health issues. We are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid for a night.
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