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.”