Boy, With Terminal Cancer, Scores Touchdown For School Team

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

Boy, With Terminal Cancer, Scores Touchdown For School Team

Posted: Updated:
Credit: Michael Richard / WFAA Credit: Michael Richard / WFAA
DALLAS, Texas -

He had terminal cancer, but he also had a bucket list. On a September Tuesday, one of his last wishes was granted: 12 year old Tremaine "Trey" Sampson scored a touchdown for his school football team.

Trey has osteosarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. He had his left arm amputated, which stopped the cancer.

"The day of his surgery," Trey's mother recalled. "He looked at his arm and said, 'I love you, but you're not going to kill me[;] I got my life to live.'"

However, Trey found out on September 9th that the cancer spread to his lungs. Doctors told him they couldn't do anything more. With science not on his side, Trey turned to his love of football.

After talking with the coach of his Balch Springs Jaguars, Trey got to get the first play against their rivals, the J.L. Long Bucanneers. The players all agreed that they would not tackle Trey.

Trey recalled being scared that his lungs wouldn't allow him to run the length of the pitch. But when the play started, and Trey started running, he just kept going, and his lungs held up.

He ran the length of the pitch and scored a touchdown. The crowd cheered for him on the bleachers.

"I felt happy," he said after scoring. "There were lots of mixed emotions going on. I was happy. I was sad. I was excited. It was just awesome."

Video shows players from both teams swarming the young player after his touchdown.

Despite the heartbreaking news from doctors, Trey vowed to stay strong.

"It gives me hope," he said. "The future is in the future, this is now. The present is in the present. That's all I'm worrying about."

Trey is staying strong this holiday season. His medications are working and he has no new tumors. He wishes he could play basketball this season. He currently works the concession stand to stay close to the action.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Beautiful Easter Sunday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:09:12 GMT

    NICE EASTER WEEKEND

    The first half of the holiday weekend has been great and Easter Sunday looks just as nice. Clouds thin out late tonight with temperatures falling back to the 40s.

    Initially it'll be jacket weather early Sunday morning but plenty of sunshine will warm us into the 60s by afternoon.  High temperatures will be a few degrees cooler than Saturday.

    It will be noticeably cooler and breezy at the shore with highs in the low 50s.  Quiet conditions continue into Monday.

  • Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:38:03 GMT
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices