In October 2007 at age 14, I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. One of my testicles was removed, hence I was nicknamed "Uno." This was also my first year in football and my season with the Tigers was cut short due to the cancer. After the surgery, I was considered cancer free and no chemo was recommended. In November 2008 at age 15, I relapsed and the cancer came back in two different areas. My season with the Tigers was cut short once again.. I underwent chemotherapy immediately for three months; however, my scans came back showing the chemo did not get it all. One tumor was destroyed and the other reduced in size. After getting a second opinion, I underwent surgery to remove the mass. The mass that was removed was scar tissue wrapped around my aorta. NO cancer cells were found. Thank God! I will undergo maintenance for the next year.
My focus has always been to beat the cancer and get back on my feet again. I went into this battle and new life challenge with a positive attitude and ready to fight knowing I had the support of family, friends and strangers.
With that said, I encourage you all to come out and see me shave my Dads head, some of my teammates with the Tigers, Sacramento State Sigma Chi Fraternity and my grandmother at Roseville Galleria Mall on March 14, 2009 from 12-4pm for St. Baldrick's Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer. Yes, you heard me, my grandmother who has very long hair will have her hair cut off. In honor of my battle with Testicular Cancer, you too can volunteer to have your head shaved and have others sponsor you to raise funds for child cancer awareness and research. Or Join Us for the BALDY BASH AFTER PARTY! Music, Great Food & Drinks 3:30-7:00pm Shavees get in free. $20 at the door. Ticket's available now, contact the KRM office. www.childcancer.org (916)784-6786
If you are unable to attend, you can make a donation at www.StBaldricks.org My team name is HaveUChecked.
I thank you ALL for your love, support and prayers.
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