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Wedel Survives Rare Cancer, Gets Back In The Game

Four words mean Coleton Wedel will have a chance to play baseball, to grow up, to learn to drive a car.

"I am cancer free," Coleton smiles.

Cancer free, just one year after doctors told Coleton he had only a 20 percent chance of surviving Ewing's Sarcoma a rare form of bone cancer.

Coleton kept the mindset that he would make it.

"I had my days where I did doubt it," Coleton said. "But those were the days that seem like they last years. The days that I was myself, flew by and I came that much closer to finishing."

It was that positive attitude that brought Coleton's treatment to a finish.

"That was the day I walked out of the hospital," he recalls. "March 2nd at 9 o'clock at night."

On March 8th, six days after leaving the hospital, Coleton played his first game in more than a year. That night, the Carlisle Indians won 25-1 and Coleton scored.

As great as it was for Coleton to be back on the baseball field, feeling like your typical teenager was even better.

"I started playing baseball again, and hanging out with friends, going to school," Coleton said, "and just being normal."

Coleton's best friend is also his teammate and his big brother, Quinlan. Quinlan carried on last season without Coleton. The two are thrilled to play together again one last year.

"It's a good feeling knowing that he's back again," Quinlan said watching his brother practice. "He's out there doing his dream, what he loves to do. It's good to see him doing that again as his brother."

In 2007 the Indians dedicated their season to Coleton with the motto "Do It For Skinny." Skinny is Coleton's nickname. That same season, the Indians had their longest playoff run in school history, making it to the regional finals.

Coleton hopes to inspire another state title run.

"I was a part of it last year in a different way," he said. "This year I'd like to be a part of it while playing."

The portal Coleton used for chemotherapy is still implanted in his side. He still has to get weekly treatments to keep it clean. But Coleton says it's a small price to pay to feel 15 again.

Donations are being taken to help Coleton's family pay his medical bills. For more information you can contact Carlisle High School at (903) 861-3811. Donations can also be mailed to the Carlisle ISD Administration Office at P.O. Box 187, Price, Texas 75687 ATTN: Wedel Fund.
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