High School Cheeleader With Brain Tumor/Cancer

Maceyko's picture
September 20, 2012 at 8:56p

There is a senior high school cheerleader here in my town who had a brain tumor and just went through 9+ hours of surgery yesterday.  They got the majority of it, but not all and found that she actually has a rare form of cancer.  This has been a trying time for her family and our community.  These things aren't supposed to happen to a kid.  One minute she is cheering for her team and the next she is laying in the hospital fighting for her life.  It sure puts a few dropped passes or a bad 3rd quarter in perspective.  You can find pics and info on the facebook site "Support for Court."  Courtney is a vibrant beautiful kid and the community is rallying around her fight.  Everyone is wearing purple (her favorite color) in support and this Friday's game between Cardington and Highland everyone will be donning purple from what I hear (even the other team's fans).  If anyone out there knows anyway that we can do something special for this kid let me know.  I'm talking maybe a phone call from someone semi-famous offering encouragement or a visit or just a written note.  It's moments like these when Tress would take time out of his busy schedule and make something happen.  Any ideas out there?  I did get the OSU Cheer squad to commit to visiting her next week at Nationwide Children's and maybe that's the best I can do but I'm on a mission for this kid because when I was 16 years old I was an athlete at this same school and I broke my neck and was left paralyzed and if it weren't for the support and love that was shown me by my friends and my community back then I couldn't have made it.  If you've ever been there you understand.  Being an athletic young independent kid one minute and then suddenly completely dependent on everyone around you for your very survival.  The emotional toll that takes is unreal.  There were many times I wanted to give up, but again the cards, the visits, and the support kept me going.  I moved away for awhile but came back to this small town to raise my own kids and I have spent the past 9 years coaching Jr High Basketball and even longer coaching our summer Little League team.  You give back to those who gave to you in life and I am positing this just in case someone has an idea for something really cool for this kid and/or her family. 

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Buckeyejason's picture

What a sad and terrible thing to hear. I feel so bad for her! Im glad they got most of the tumor out though. I just hate hearing about things like this.


O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Just lost a friend to a brain tumor. I also have a daughter who cheers so this hits close to home for me. 
I'm going to ask my daughter's cheer advisor if they will donate the proceeds of their next home game halftime fundraiser to the family. Here's a link to an article about her: http://www.marionstar.com/article/20120921/NEWS01/209210312

Maceyko's picture

Nice article.  I have arranged to get the OSU Cheerleaders and Coach to visit her in the hospital and the Morning Zoo from WNCI signed a shirt and are sending her well wishes.  You just feel for this kid and this family. 

hodge's picture

Good lord, I hate hearing things like this.  But I must say that your fight for her is one of the things that gives me hope in people, I only wish that I knew people influential enough to make something like what you describe happen.  I hope that she licks the big C, these kind of things are heartbreaking.

Dread's picture

WOW. This story brought a tear to my eye. I understand this situation all to well. I am sitting next my 3 year old son right now as he receives his Chemo treatment at Children's. He was diagnosed with a astrocytoma \ glioma on May 7th and 7 Surgeries later he is doing fairly well.
The last 5 months have been the roughest and most stressful of my 37 years, and I was basically homeless for a year of my young life. I say all of this to thank elevenwarriors. I have been following the Buckeyes since I moved back to Columbus in 97. This site and their staff have provided me a channel for escape. This site does such a great job during the off-season following recruiting and coming up with interesting content that I had something to read and catch up on every day, and I appreciate all of you for your comments. Even after I am done reading the articles and posts the comments and added conversations are always an interesting read.
I will keep Courtney in my prayers. One of the most impactfull gestures during this whole ordeal is all the outpour of support from all channels. Friends, family, coworkers, social media contacts, friends of friends, and people that heard about my son that I don't even know have all been praying for him. The power of prayer is real.
I implore the entire elevenwarriors community to keep Courtney in our prayers. We should all think GRAY. Gray is the color chosen for Brain Cancer awareness, so I for one will now be referring to my beloved Buckeyes as the Gray and Scarlet.

hodge's picture

Cheers, mate.  Wishing your son all the best, here's hoping that he and Courtney can one day talk about cancer in the past tense!

Maceyko's picture

I believe she too has been diagnosed with astrocytoma.  My sympathies and prayers to you and your son as well.  I suffered a broken neck and was paralyzed in my teens so I understand the need for support and what a difference it can make.  If it weren't for the supporting people around me I would have given up.  But I've always said that not being able to walk, run, and play ball made me a better person today despite how I felt at that point in time.  Now I am a baseball/basketball coach here in Cardington, work for the county, and have a nice quiet family life and when this happened my heart was torn out.  I made it a mission to do what I could for her and so I appreciate the kind words.  She is getting a visit from the OSU Cheerleaders and someone from the OSU Athletic Department is giving her and her family four tickets to a November game if she is up to it at that point in time.  Even the Morning Zoo showed some love by signing some things and sending it her way.  So the efforts are paying off, but it's just the support that's needed.  The words of encouragement and who knows that better than you after what you've been through.  Good luck - and GO BUCKS!

OSUNeedles's picture

What kind of thing were you trying to get put together? The cheerleading team is certainly a good start and obviously "Make a Wish" and "Adventure for Wish Kids" are available to her, but it would be nice to have something come from the community itself. I will check with one of my friends who is a Nurse Practitioner at Children's in Neuro and see if there are any resources or people who I could put you in contact with. My wife is also a nurse there and may have some ideas (she is currently at work, or I would ask).
Dread and Courtney you will both be in my prayers. My first job as a nurse was on Heme/Onc at Children's so this hits a special place for me as well. I have watched many families fall apart during these times and seen others brought back together. Having that extra support from outside will hopefully allow it to be a manageable result no matter what the outcome.
Dread. Stay strong for your son, but remember to give yourself time to deal with all the things that you need to deal with as well. Such a horrible situation, but I hope you all come through it stronger in the end. Prayers to all involved and I am sorry that you are having to go through this.

Boom777's picture

People can't forget prayer. Just a little positive energy goes a long way. Even for people in tough situations

Wherever you are, there you be!

Bucks43201's picture

I will keep her in my prayers.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

bigbadbuck's picture

on Oct 3rd 1999, my 3 year old son was disgnosed with Wilms tumor (Kidney cancer). My whole world stopped. 3 weeks earlier when we took him to the doctor for something else entirely there was no sign of it. had it not been time for his well baby check up and had we postponed him seeing the doctor for a week the tumor would have exploded and all that cancer would have been circulating inside him. It took all I had to keep on keeping on so im totally in touch with this being the hardest time of your life. you have to continue to think positive because if you start thinking negatively the negativity draws energy from that. Give yourself periodic breaks to unwind even if its 5 minutes. Believe and know there are a great many people praying for you and sending loving thoughts your way, more than you will ever know. Faith Strength and Prayer got my family through that. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless your family

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

FROMTHE18's picture

Horrible stuff. Prayers to her and her family.

cdubs's picture

I saw that the day after the story on her first aired on NBC4 that the OSU Athletic Dept. donated a pack of tickets to her and her family for an OSU game. Thought that was a really awesome gesture, you hate to see something like this happen to anyone, but especially such a young person in what's supposed to be the prime of their life. A move like that from OSU can really do a lot for your spirit, I bet.