In it together: La Cueva football supports teammate diagnosed with cancer
October 11, 2018 10:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In an intense rivalry game between La Cueva and Eldorado, the Bears were fighting two battles.
Adorned on their helmets during the Thursday night matchup was a yellow "21"—the number for Tyler Jenson, their teammate.
Yellow is a color associated with lymphoma. Jenson was recently diagnosed with the affliction.
"We did that in support of him," said his friend, Cole McClain.
Two days before going to the hospital, Jenson had been on the field when he noticed a pain in his shoulder that wasn't subsiding.
"It was scary," said Colton Dukes, another friend of Jenson's. "It was just out of nowhere."
His coach, Brandon Back, said noticing the pain early was huge.
"He is where he is because of the disease, but (he) really caught it early because he noticed something wrong with his own body," Back said.
That's when the diagnosis came…and the treatments…then his own personal cheering section.
"Everyone just went to the hospital, took them a lot of good food that he likes and just started talking to him," Dukes said.
They made wristbands, posters and stickers in support, making sure he knew – just like when he's on the field – that he wasn't going the distance alone.
"We talk a lot in this program about being present, and that's really what the measure of a man is: to be present. In good times and bad times," Back said. "He's done that, and his friends have done that."
You can help by donating to Jenson's family here.
Updated: October 11, 2018 10:26 PM
Created: October 11, 2018 09:46 PM
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