FLINT - Donating blood is easy to do and can multiple lives. The Las Vegas shooting and multiple natural disasters over the last month are reminders for why donations are needed.
One Tyler teen beat cancer, all thanks to a blood donation.
"Baseball is the first thing that popped in my head," said Collin Boyd, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was 8 years old.
He started playing baseball when he was 4 years old, saying that is the one thing he didn't want to go away.
It all started when Collin noticed swelling in his lower right abdomen. Doctors found a tumor nearly the size of a softball.
He was diagnosed with undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma.
"Treatment consisted of about 30 rounds of chemo, about 30 to 40 rounds of radiation and then a couple of surgeries," said Collin's father, Jimmy Boyd.
Collin was determined to keep his life as normal as any child could, continuing to play baseball and make his games.
After treatment and countless rounds of doctor visits, he was cancer-free.
One year later, the came back.
Collin said he was scared, worried and confused. His biggest fear was that he might die. His body was not fighting the cancer like it did the first time, and doctors said he needed a blood transfusion to live.
Fortunately, Colin was able to receive a blood transfusion immediately.
"It did save my life, and it helped not only me, but everyone around me," Collin said.
Now 14-years-old, Collin is a freshmen at Robert E. Lee High School. He hopes to make the varsity football team next year, and eventually play ball at Louisiana State University.
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