Michigan teen making progress after losing leg to cancer

Spencer Hale is accustomed to challenges. 

He's an excellent student and a star on his championship hockey team. But now, the White Lake teenager is faced with a new challenge that has taken him and his family by complete surprise.

About six months ago, Spencer developed pain in his left knee. 

Doctors said they must perform surgery to remove cancer cells and Spencer needed amputation at mid-thigh. 

Then just two days after surgery, the 16-year-old was walking here in the hospital. Doctors said the surgery went well.

On Saturday night, just five days after surgery, Spencer was invited to drop the puck at the National Roller Hockey League game in Dearborn Heights. 

"It felt really good. I wasn't expecting this, to be honest. It's awesome that all tehse guys are out here helping me. It means a lot to me," Spencer says. 

The cancer that showed up in Spencer's knee was very rare and very serious. His family says they were told roughly 3 in about one million people come down with this problem. 

Spencer is ahead of schedule after his surgery.

A new titanium prosthetic leg for today's athlete can cost approximately 55 thousand dollars. 

The family insurance policy won't cover that, so a GoFundMe page has been created. The Facebook page supporting Spencer reports people donated 25 thousand dollars in only eight days. 

He will be fitted soon with a new prosthetic leg, and doctors have told Spencer he can play hockey again. 

And Spencer can't wait.

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