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Published 02/22/2020
10:33pm

Ready to Rally for Team JC!

MSU-Themed Basketball Game to Support Elsie Teen with Cancer

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Justin Cole is a 15 year old from Elsie, Michigan battling B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. While playing 6th grade football in the fall of 2016, he became unusually weak, dizzy, and pale. He was taken to the emergency room, and the following day, on September 11, 2016 was diagnosed at the age of 12.

In the coming days, a chemo port would be placed and doctors would decide their treatment plan. In the coming weeks and months, chemotherapy drugs would fight Justin’s leukemia, and eventually, following the doctors’ plan, put him into remission. However, B-ALL isn’t easy or quick to beat. It’s a long journey that takes almost four years to complete treatment. Getting Justin to remission took less than the first year. Keeping him in remission was chemotherapy’s goal for the rest of the four year treatment plan.

Justin wasn’t able to attend school for 6th grade because of the risk of germs. Public outings, school days and sporting events, and even friends and family gatherings had to be sacrificed to keep the germs and infection away.

Overall, treatments went well and Justin was able to return to school in the fall of 2017 for 7th grade. He couldn’t play football, but he was on the sidelines, assisting his team’s coach and enjoying his team’s comradery.

Fast forward another year to the fall of 2018 and Justin got clearance to play football! Put in place was extra padding as a precautionary to protect his chemo port, and some emotionally vested lineman to protect their quarterback.

In November of 2019, as the final countdown to being cancer free was finally under the last one hundred days away, Justin experienced back pain that escalated quickly and again was rushed to the emergency room. On November 9, 2019, at the age of 15, it was confirmed that his leukemia had relapsed.

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The new plan of attack currently in play is intense chemotherapy with a bone marrow transplant in the upcoming weeks at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Over the last 3 ½ years, Justin has proven to be a fighter. And, behind every amazing fighter, is an amazing support system of family and friends. As a community, we want to show Justin and his family that we are still here, fighting with them every step of the way.

Are you READY TO RALLY?

Please join us for an MSU Spartans themed benefit basketball game on Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ovid-Elsie High School gymnasium to show Justin and the entire Cole family our support. Justin is the son of Josh and Kirsten Cole. He has a sister, Vivian, a freshman in college, and a sister, Evalyn, in 8th grade at O-E. For more updates and information on Justin’s story you can follow his Facebook page, “Team JC.”

If your family, business, or organization is interested in donating, checks can be made payable to "FBO Justin Cole" and mailed to:

FBO JUSTIN COLE
c/o Amy Long-Carman
PO BOX 123
ST JOHNS, MI 48879

Also, a PayPal account will be available soon if you would rather an online option. Watch the event page for updates this week!

You may contact Amanda Fruchey at Leonard Elementary (989-834-5029 or amanda.fruchey@ovidelsie.org) for further questions.

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Curwood Festival is happy to announce that the 2020 Curwood SAGA Writing contest information was sent out to all schools in Shiawassee County recently.

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