TeamConnor Receives GO TO BAT Award

September 2012- Because of TCCF’s tireless efforts in leading the fight against childhood cancer and finding the cure, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was selected to receive the “GO TO BAT” Award by the Texas Rangers Foundation and State Farm on September 26, 2012.

Collin B. and his family accompanied TeamConnor to receive this prestigious award at the September 26th Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas.

Collin, age 9 is an avid baseball fan.  Determined to play his heart out at every game, Collin and his parents noticed something alarming after coming home  from a baseball game over spring break.  His lower right abdomen was noticeably different than his left side.  The doctors performed an ultrasound, then an MRI in Tyler, Texas.  After the MRI, they sent Collin and his family to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.  It was the worst news they could possibly hear.  Collin was then diagnosed with undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma.  The tumor had metastasized to his lungs and the doctor explained this situation made it more difficult to treat…but not impossible.

Collin did 12 rounds of chemotherapy treatments and 25 radiations treatments.  His tumor shrunk 75% of its original size and the spots on his lungs were almost completely gone.  He had surgery at the end of July 2012 to remove the tumor, which was inside the muscle.  The surgery was very tough on him because the surgeon was forced to remove the muscle and reconstruct his abdomen.

As of today though, Collin still has six more chemotherapy treatments, but the family is hopeful he is in remission.  Collins parents thank the community for all their support and have been amazed as Collin’s attitude toward the entire process.  He is still very involved in baseball and the community even banded together to host a tournament for him in may to raise thousands of dollars for his treatments.  “It was amazing and unbelievable,” said Kalisha, Collins mother, “Jimmy and I have tried to make this as a positive experience to keep Collin’s spirits up.  He is a very energetic and outgoing boy.  I think the community has fostered that experience as well to push Collin through the difficult times.”

 

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Did You Know

Building awareness of childhood cancer is critical to funding and finding a cure. To help, please consider sharing teamconnor.org on your Facebook.

Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.  Seven will lose their battle..

Did you know September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!.

Every day in America, approximately 46 children are diagnosed with cancer..

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class, or geographic region..

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, accounting for about 3% of childhood cancers..

On average, 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer. .

About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias..

Childhood cancer survival rates in the United States have increased from less than 20% in the 1960s to almost 80% today..

Cancer kills more children each year than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Pediatric AIDS combined. .

Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather a spectrum of different malignancies. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults. .

1 in 300 children will develop cancer before age 20. .

Neuroblastoma is the most common extra cranial solid tumor cancer in children. .

Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet, some forms of childhood cancers have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive..

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