|Updated: 11/19/2012 9:49 pm
||Published: 11/19/2012 6:40 pm
MAUMELLE, AR - The Maumelle High School baseball team is holding a fundraiser buzz cutting all the players and even the coach’s hair to show support for one of their own.
The team is rallying behind 10th grader, Chad Cox, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 Lymphoma.
Chad's best friend and fellow teammate Mitchell Sparks describes Chad as the guy he hopes he can be like. "He just inspires all of us." Sparks actually first noticed the lump on Chad's neck and encouraged him to get it checked out. That's when the team learned the lump is cancer.
Now the team is showing their love and support for their friend and teammate with buzz cuts. Jacob Hollingsworth says if Chad has to go through chemo, then the team wants to go through it with him. About 35 of Chad’s teammates, fellow students, and even the couch, Barrett Davis, let their locks go for a shaved hair cut. "When he loses his hair, we don't want him to feel like he's the only bald guy."
The team is also collecting donations by selling T-shirts and wristbands to help Chad strike out cancer, money to be used for his ongoing medical treatments. "Here at Maumelle, we're more than a baseball team. We're a family."
Sparks says Chad is doing well right now and not feeling too sick at the moment. The team just wants Chad and his family to know they're rooting for him, and are willing to do all they can to help out in any way. "It's not the end of the world. He'll fight through it. God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. Chad is the toughest right now. He can handle it."
Doctors told Chad not to attend the head shaving fundraiser because being around large groups of people can compromise his immune system.
Those close to the Cox family say, while they're a little too emotional to attend the fundraiser, they are really touched by the show of support.