Hanna high school baseball player fights cancer
Sun, 27 Mar 2011 02:10:18 GMT —
Hanna High School Baseball Coach Frank Webb said hurt overwhelmed him, when he found out about one of his students, 17-year-old Steven Garza, being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Webb has coached Garza since he was in little league.
"He's like one of my own, Webb said, From a coach TMs stand point, we get extremely attached to these young men, so it was devastating news."
Even in tough times, Webb has not stopped being a coach, rooting for his player on in his life battle.
"We all know Steven, and we know that Steven is going to beat this without a doubt," Webb said.
His fellow teammates are staying strong through this blow to the Eagles baseball team.
They said the word cancer is not common lingo for high school students and certainly not a diagnosis they expected for one of their own.
"You're just so used to everyone being really healthy, and at such a young age, you think most people at this age can over come it, Trey Paz said, "but you really don't expect seeing one of your best friends get it.
"We (found out) how serious the cancer was after a loss and we couldn't control our emotions; it was a very emotional night," added fellow baseball player Hector Leal.
Garza was the starting pitcher for the Golden Eagles this year.
In his absence, the team is dedicating their season to him and to a quick recovery.
"We want to see him back on the mound as soon as possible," Leal said.
Garza's teammates and fellow classmates are sporting purple wristbands and ribbons to bring awareness to testicular cancer.
They said they will also continue to pray for their dear friend.
"We're right behind him all through the way, and whatever he needs we're here, Austin Webb said.
"He wants us to get together and we are, and we're taking care of him as much as we can."
If you would like to help Steven Garza and his family, the purple wristbands will be on sale at Hanna High School in Brownsville for $3 each.
An account has also been set up at Chase Bank in Steven Garza TMs name.