Billy Richards,23, of Mohton,Pa., covers his face in frustration during a chemo session. Richards was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer, in March of 2013 after discovering that a tumor was the source of constant hip pain while he played lacrosse. Billy doesn't get sick from his chemo therapy but the boredom frustrates him. " You sit here for 8 hours a day doing nothing. It's like a prison except cleaner."
Billy removes his hat while a friend jokingly sings the national anthem. Due to his size, most people dont realize Billy is going through chemo until he removes his hat. " Even then people just think I shave my head. The eyebrows is what usually gives it away," says Billy about his appearance.
Billy jokingly reacts to his girlfriend, Christine Englehart, during a party at Billy's house. " I never thought about leaving him, he is still Billy. This is just step," says Christine about Billy's diagnosis.
Billy sings The Backstreet Boys song " I Want It That Way," during a Fightin Phils intern night. Billy's friends and family have been a support system through his battle with cancer.
A nurse changes out chemo medication while Billy watches. Every two weeks, Billy has to do a week long series of treatments with each treatment lasting between 8-10 hours.
Despite being diagnosed in March, Billy still interned for the local minor league team,The Reading Fighting Phils, over the summer.
A photo of Billy and Christine from high school.
Billy shotguns a beer after a charity golf outing. " I'm not dead yet so why stop living," says Billy who still hangs out and parties with his friends.
Billy hugs his mother, Karen, after learning that a golf outing raised more than $10,000 toward his fight against Ewing's sarcoma, a rare, childhood form of bone cancer. Karen is a breast cancer survivor and has been an inspiration for Billy during this his treatments. " I get my strength from her. I saw her go through this and it makes know I can beat it."
Billy practices his golf swing for an upcoming charity event. " I'm not dead yet. I'm young and still have much of my life to live."