When I met Josh Dickerson for the first time, he was sitting near the on-deck circle at an O’Dea baseball practice. He had a bag of food from Kidd Valley next to him. He was laughing.
At the time he was 15 and going through an extended battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of soft-tissue cancer in the right side of his jaw. Click here for the story.
A year later, Dickerson was back on the field. The cancer was in remission. He was still smiling. He was making up for lost time, playing his way back into the Irish’s starting lineup. Click here for the story.
I found out Thursday night that Dickerson’s cancer has come back aggressively. I haven’t been able to contact his family yet, but if you would like to show support for Dickerson there is a cancer-awareness event set for Sunday.
Here are the details, which were e-mailed to me:
The Event: The 2012 Seattle DRAGONSLAYER – Bike, Hike, or Trike Event
The event is being held at Green Lake Park in Seattle, on the North side of the Community Center.
It is this Sunday (April 22) and registration (at the event) starts at 9 a.m.
The ‘Hike’ starts at 10 a.m.
Josh (Dickerson) and his family are participating at the walk.
For more information on the event or to make a donation, click here.
Dickerson is a great kid from a good family. The news is tough to take. My thoughts are with both Dickerson and his family as they continue to deal with this devastating disease.