Barrington teen staying on track despite cancer diagnosis
BARRINGTON, R.I. (WJAR) —
After receiving All-American Honors at Barrington High School in 2016, Bobby Colantonio was riding high last August and on his way to Alabama on a track scholarship.
But once on campus, Colantonio’s physical exam showed he had Ewing's Sarcoma, a bone cancer that affects children and teenagers.
And it spread.
The hammer throw national champion spent the last year battling the rare disease at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
"What I went through was incredible, to be honest with you,” Colantonio said. “I don't even know how I did it. I mean, I just try to stay positive and just keep a strong faith in God and trust the process, kind of like training, actually. It whittled me down to pretty much nothing.”
Colantonio is now cancer free and is headed back to college this week on a medical scholarship to get his body back to what it once was.
"As far as the cancer standpoint, I am healthy,” he said. “Now, the trick is just to get back to regular life -- just leave what's in the past in the past and move on and just live your life because there is nothing you can do if it comes back. You just have to deal with it that day.”
The 19-year-old said he learned a lot about himself over the last year.
"You just don't take things for granted. I mean, that's the biggest thing,” Colantonio said. “Just walking, being healthy, being able to do normal things Is just tremendous.”
Colantonio once had aspirations for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but now he just has to work that much harder to make it happen.
"2020 was my goal to be my first Olympics or try and go to the Olympics that year,” he said. “There is no reason why it's still not a goal now. I’m just going to have to train that much harder. But if my body's not ready by 2020, there are still more Olympics."