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ETX little-leaguer takes a swing at cancer

If 8-year-old Collin Boyd could spend all day on the baseball field, he would.

"I've been playing ever since I was in t-ball and I watch it on TV,"  Collin said. 

Collin was diagnosed with cancer in early March, a disease that competes with his time on the field.

"They have to access my port and then they give me this medicine that doesn't make my tummy all upset, and then they give me the chemo," Collin explained. 

"One of Collin's first questions when he went to the doctor wasn't if I could lose my hair, how it's going to affect me, it was 'Can I still play baseball?,'" said Collin's dad, Jimmy Boyd. 

Family friend and baseball coach Darrell Welch has reached out to East Texans for help.

"They're going to have a benefit tournament for me, and all the teams are going to play two games," Collin said. 

A tournament complete with a silent auction, car wash and food; all proceeds will go directly to Collin's family. 

"We wanted them to be able to spend time with Collin and not worry about where things are coming from. And then secondly, just to come out and show them that we care," Welch said. 

Friends are sporting the number "4"....Collin's baseball number.

"It made me feel really happy that all my friends cared about me," Collin said with a smile. 

The chemo has started to take its toll, so Thursday, Collin decided to shave his head, but he didn't have to go alone.

There may be some difficult days ahead for the Boyd family, but with community support and baseball...

"I'm feeling great," Collin said. 

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