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John Manuel “Johnny” Cruz

Birth
Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Death 7 Jul 1953 (aged 14)
Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 55866023 · View Source
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Johnny was the son of Alfonzo and Isabel (Montemayor) Cruz.
He passed from cancer at the young age of 14.

A fibrosarcoma is a cancerous tumor that originates in the connective tissue found at the ends of bones of the arm or legs, and then spreads to other surrounding soft tissues. In patients above age 10, it is quite aggressive. I suspect poor John suffered minor joint pain that was overlooked, or treated with home remedies, and his cancer likely grew quite a bit before it was diagnosed. In the early 1950's, diagnosis and treatment of this rather uncommon type of cancer was not as advanced as it has become.
This information comes from "Ed" a fellow FindAGraver.
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Being athletic, Johnny excelled at anything in which he participated. Johnny, Marvin Farris, & Junior Montemayor called themselves the "three Musketeers". When the school he attended (Holy Rosary) won their basketball championship, the team made Johnny their honorary team captain as he was no longer able to participate. The whole team took the trophy to the hospital for Johnny to see. He has never been forgotten in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.


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  • Created by: Barbara Ann
  • Added: 4 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55866023
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Manuel “Johnny” Cruz (27 Dec 1938–7 Jul 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55866023, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Ann (contributor 47017543) .