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Our son was nineteen, full of life and ambitious. While mountain biking at Oak Mountain he had a fall and shortly thereafter developed a swelling on his hip. We doctored locally first but no doctor could tell us it was just a hematoma caused by his fall. We finally ended up in Birmingham for an open biopsy. All in one day, we got the awful diagnosis, went the few blocks from Kirklin Clinic, and met with the doctors from Childen’s. Randy fought a courageous fight for almost three years. During that time he underwent chemo and radiation, but still managed to start a concrete finishing business and marry his love, Martha. He left us peacefully at Children's Hospital August 19, 2006. Randy loved Children's Hospital. He loved his doctor and his nurses! One time he spiked a high fever, he was miserably ill, and we were on our way in. Driving through Tuscaloosa, I suggested we stop there. He had no use for that idea! No place but Children's for him!