Homecoming king candidates crown Minnesota teen with bone cancer


Thanks to the generosity of his four fellow candidates, a Minnesota teen who lost his right leg to bone cancer recently became the homecoming king of Zimmerman High School, KSTP-TV reports.

The candidates -- Craig Steiskal, Hunter Smith and Lee Christopherson and David Molinary -- were approached days before homecoming by school's student council with the idea of presenting the crown to Jonah Skrove -- who missed his junior year at the school and lost his leg to the disease.

Skrove tells Fox 9 that he was nervous when the four athletes started walking toward him at a school prep rally, and was shocked when they crowned him king.

Christopherson said he announced to everybody, "Jonah Skrove, we believe a better fitting king than any of us."

The crowd started cheering Skrove's name, and many of the people attending were in tears.

Three of the candidates are football players and the other is in soccer -- and Smith says Skrove is "fighting like we do in sports" and is "the fighting spirit of Zimmerman."

The teen completed chemotherapy in August and the cancer has not spread, the station says. Up next for the teen is Make-A-Wish trip to Japan where Skrove can visit his brother, who is stationed there.

Skrove, who participates in Zimmerman's drama program, made headlines during his chemotherapy last summer since he would dress up in various costumes for treatments, from Sappy the Clown to Batman. First reported on KARE 11, his story was picked up by NBC's "Today" website.

Skrove's cancer was diagnosed after an incident in September of 2012, where the pain from what he thought to be a sprained ankle turned out to be osteosarcoma. His leg was amputated three months later.

Minnesota "Clouds" singer Zach Sobiech battled a rare form of osteosarcoma for years before it took his life last May.


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