Community joins Union baseball players fight against cancer

first_imgIt is another fight for life.On one side, there is a history of darkness and destruction.On the other, there is an innocent teen who just wants to get back to playing baseball.Sounds like an unfair fight. Actually, it is an unfair fight.Cancer has virtually no chance.Not against Tyler White. Not against his Union High School baseball brothers. Not against the baseball community and the softball community. Not against all of his family and friends.“I just didn’t know what to think. I cried. I did,” White said upon hearing the diagnosis — Hodgkin lymphoma — in late December. “I just had to accept the fact I was dealt this and that it was going to make me the person I’m going to be in 20 years.”White took a day or two to withstand the initial blow, then it was go time.Word spread faster than any cancer — Join Tyler’s Team.A meal train was set up, so the family would not have to worry about dinner plans around Tyler’s chemotherapy sessions. Bracelets and T-shirts have been sold, raising money for the family. Last week at baseball and softball games around Southwest Washington, teams wore purple — the color representing the fight against Hodgkin lymphoma — in honor of Tyler.“It’s definitely really humbling that everybody is there to help me,” White said. “It means a lot.”His parents are grateful, as well. Marci and John White are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.Jenny Bauer is one of the organizers of Tyler’s Team. Her son, Jack, plays baseball with Tyler at Union and has been close friends with Tyler since elementary school.“That hit home for us. We’ve considered him one of our own for a long time,” Jenny Bauer said. “When it’s a young, healthy kid you watched grow, it makes it a little tougher.”last_img

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