Team rallies behind local boy battling cancer

A Midstate boy battling cancer got a big show of support Monday night in Mechanicsburg.

Colby Bubb is a 10-years-old who loves sports, but what he’s had to face for the past two months is not a game.

“It’s been hard. I have to get chemo treatment and they have like side effects, that like, they hurt me,” said Colby.

In December, Colby started to feel pain in his neck and face, and had trouble breathing. A hospital visit led to his eventual diagnosis of Rhabdomyosarcoma, a muscle cancer.

“It was the scariest day of our life. I mean we thought it was dental stuff that was going on,” said Bill Bubb, Colby’s father. “We get an MRI, and we go to the ER at Hershey and we find out it’s a large tumor.”

When chemo treatments resulted in Colby losing his hair, it was all the inspiration his teammates needed.

First, the members of his Boiling Springs wrestling team joined in unity with Colby by shaving their heads. Then, in a separate event organized on Monday night, his Keystone Nationals Baseball team did the same. One by one, coaches and fellow players sat down for a quick buzz cut. By the end of the night, the entire team, including Colby, was smiling and laughing together. It was a touching display of unity.

With the motto, ‘Colby Strong,’ Colby Bubb, the second baseman, has hit a homerun in forever inspiring his coaches and friends.

“This is possible to beat. And I think I’m gonna beat it,” says Colby.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Colby’s medical bills. To donate, click here.

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