EUGENE, Ore. — Jordan McDonald wears his on his right leg, Grant Jensen wears his on his left.And McDonald, at 24, is twice as old, so his prosthetic leg is longer than the new one just fitted for Jensen, who is still a rambunctious 12-year-old. But what the two share runs much deeper than which leg they partially lost to an uncommon form of cancer.McDonald has become part big brother, part adviser, part guide to Jensen as he fights a sometimes-aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, which is most often seen in children and young adults. McDonald recently treated the Jensen family — Grant, his 5-year-old sister Claire and his parents, Erin and Tyler — to a weekend of fun before Grant was scheduled to start another round of chemotherapy.Grant’s prognosis is uncertain. The cancer has spread to his lungs and his parents are cautiously hopeful that chemotherapy will stop it, but as with most spreading cancers there are no guarantees.“One thing I tell them is just live your life,” McDonald said on a recent Saturday as Grant tried out a sporty luxury car during a tour of MercedesBenz of Eugene, where McDonald is a mechanic. “The treatment will take care of itself. There’s not much you can do about that.”McDonald, who lives in Halsey near his parents, was 18 when he found out a week after his high school graduation that the pain he’d been feeling in his right knee was osteosarcoma. The diagnosis was like a rock falling in a still pond, roiling what had been the typical, quiet life of a rural family.
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