I was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer called Medulloblastoma at the end of July, 2015. In the month of July, I underwent a 10-hour brain surgery to remove a tumor. Unfortunately for me, after a successful surgery, the tumor was so aggressive that it grew back within 2 weeks and I was forced to undergo another 10-hour brain surgery to remove the new tumor.
Prior to being diagnosed, I did my best to excel in both the academic and athletic fields, which I feel I was on track to hit my personal goals on both sides. I was a straight “A” student and I was selected to represent the United States and play for Team USA. I was on track to play baseball in college, which has been a dream of mine since I was 7 years old. My dream was to play baseball for Stanford in college and looking at what I accomplished in baseball and in academics, I felt playing baseball for Stanford would have been a dream come true. At this point, the chance of me now going to Stanford is remote at best because of my issues with my memory. I am still applying to Stanford and hoping that they let me prove to them I am worthy of attending.
The reason I’m explaining this is so everyone can understand how passionate I am about trying to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. If you can only take one thing away from what I’m saying, try remembering this: “I don’t want another kid to have to deal with the pain and suffering that I have had the experience with.”
So it is imperative for me, to help raise as many funds as humanly possible so we can find a cure for brain cancer. And I won't stop until that goal is accomplished!
In September 2017, Fox Sports San Diego featured my story: https://www.foxsports.com/san-diego/video/1051855939797