Je’Moni Ford
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — C4AD Je’Moni Ford (U.S. Air Force photo/Joshua Armstrong)

Je’Moni Ford, a local area fourth-grader, loves to play the drums.

Two years ago, his parents noticed something on his ring finger, which his doctor initially mistook for a friction blister from his drumsticks. It turned out to be Sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.

Je’Moni endured six surgeries to remove the cancer and reconstruct his hand. He had to relearn how to tie his shoes. But he never gave up on playing music.