Marissa Walker

Marissa Walker Buscetto Sports Hall of Fame

For our initial Hall of Fame induction, we couldn’t have found a more deserving or courageous young person to honor than Marissa Walker from Waterford.   Marissa is the daughter of Pete and Kari Walker.  When you read what Marissa has gone through and how she has overcome so much to accomplish what she has already, I hope you will join me in saying congratulations Marissa and we look forward to watching you play sports for years to come!!

Marissa Walker

Age: 12

Grade:  6

School: Clark Lane Middle School (High Honor Student…98 average)

Family: Pete, Kari, Kazi (14) and Milena (7)

Noteworthy Accomplishments:  5th Grade WTFD Basketball Pre-teen All-Star, Waterford North Softball All-Star 9-10 Starting Pitcher/1B…Waterford North Softball  All-Star 11-12 Starting Pitcher/1B, T.A.C Swimming Member 2011-2012…

Marissa, as a 10 year old, pitched her team to District Championship Game against eventual State Runner up Mystic LL by pitching and winning all 4 games in Winner’s bracket. She beat a “powerhouse” Mystic team throwing a 2 hitter with 11 strikeouts to force the Championship game in which they lost in extra innings. She  has pitched 3 No-Hitters in her career.
Marissa has also become an avid swimmer for the T.A.C Swimming Program. She competed in her first meet and performed great exceeding her expectations by winning her heat in the 50 Freestyle against a veteran group of swimmers.

She also has taken up Golf. She has spent last 3 summers working with Old Lyme Country Club Pro, Rob Barbeau.  She shot her first birdie on the 7th hole at Cedar Ridge.
Favorite Team: UConn Women’s Basketball, Toronto Blue Jays {Dad is a former player and currrent bullpen coach}
Favorite Athlete: Renee Montgomery, Katie Hoff (Olympic Swimmer), Lorena Ochoa ( LPGA) and Jen Ward

If I could trade places with one person……Katie Hoff ……..” Someday I want to swim in the Olympics just like her. “

What’s up next:  Marissa actually is due for her second surgery to replace her knee and femur in mid March, but is hopeful she can get back in time to help her WTFD North teammates for All-Stars this summer. She will continue to swim, golf, and someday pitch for her Aunt (Liz Sutman) at Waterford High School.

Marissa was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in February of 2009. She endured 28 weeks of chemotherapy, total hair loss and life changing surgery to remove her knee and femur and replace it with an expandable prosthesis called a Repiphysis. Marissa makes frequent trips to Yale for bloodwork and  University Hospital in New Jersey for “lengthenings”.  Every 3-5 months  her prosthesis is lengthened, according to her growth, by her orthopedic surgeon through a non-invasive procedure under anesthesia. After her next invasive surgery to remove and replace existing device in March, she will have one more surgery when she has stopped growing (around 16 yrs old) to replace the expandable prosthesis with a permanent replacement.   Her days of running circles around her peers ended, but Marissa has poured her energy into her swimming, golfing and pitching.  She is cancer free, but has to battle daily with psychological effects that this devastating disease can cause. She continues to inspire so many with her determination, perseverance and work ethic all while maintaining her strong sense of humor and gorgeous smile. Greater things are to come!

8 responses to “Marissa Walker”

  1. JJ says:

    Great person…great family! Could not agree more with your choice! Keep up the work Marissa and Good Luck!

  2. michael buscetto says:

    Marissa,great story about a beautiful young lady your courage,and determination,make you shine,I want to wish you the best and congrat. Mike Buscetto {coach Bill’s dad}

  3. Carol Mariani says:

    She is one GREAT KID We are very proud of her. Iknow she will accomplish what ever she decide to do!!

  4. Carol Cleveland says:

    I know how proud she has made her grandparents and parents. I wish her much luck in all that she wants to accomplish.

  5. joan cerussi says:

    You are a beautiful young lady on the inside and outside. We are all so proud of what you have achieved and know the sky’s the limit.

  6. Aunt Joanne says:

    Great job Marissa I’m proud of you. You do well. I know if you want to swim at the olympics and you put alot of hard work into it you will be there. Love you

  7. Wayne Potvin says:

    Great young lady–Great Parents. The Walker family are one of the most respected in S E ct. and thru -out the State

  8. Ed Roderick says:

    What an amazing young lady. She is an inspiration for my 3 young boys. Marissa, we will be watching and pulling for you!! Good luck and God Bless!

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