He committed to playing college football, then he was diagnosed with cancer

Thursday, May 9, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Kyle Frazier has always been an active kid. Baseball, basketball or football -- you name it, Kyle was doing it to stay busy. His mom knew she had to put him in sports -- saying he's always been a big kid.

"When Kyle put on pads at 9 years old, it was over." said Kenya James, Kyle's mom.

When it came time for high school, Kyle knew football was his true love and something he wanted to take as far as possible.

"I'm not really an aggressive guy," Frazier said. "I hold everything off. so I found it as a way to release anger."

Glenn Hills turned out to be the perfect spot for him to hone those skills on the field. It was there that he garnered the attention from several college coaches, including Savannah State. He knows how special it is to play at the next level. It's something many of his teammates only dream of doing.

"Some schools wanted him for offense. He loves defense. Savannah State said, 'Look, you can play what you want to play.'' said James.

He put the pen to the paper and signed on to play for Savannah State as a Tiger. He was putting in work, getting ready for the next level one afternoon after school wrapped up. He had just completed an hour of working out when he returned home.

"I was feeling on my neck, so I went to go look in the mirror and I noticed the left side of my neck was huge," said Frazier.

Frazier's mom works in the medical field, so he immediately showed her. He said she knew something was up.

"I touched it and I go, 'Look, we're going to the ER right now,'" James said.

When they got to the emergency room, they heard one word; a word they never thought they'd hear -- not at his age -- cancer. Hodgkin's Lymphoma with Nodular Sclerosis to be specific.

"After the diagnosis he asked me two questions: 'Is it treatable?' and the second question was 'Can i still play football?'" said James.

Later on, Kyle had two more questions.

"I was just thinking why me and why now?"

The truth is, there never is a good "now" for cancer. No one's every ready for it. But his scholarship is still there, and his fight to get out on the field as a Tiger is even stronger.

"God just wanted to test my faith and give me this big test. I just know that I am gonna pass it, and I'm gonna get there." said Frazier.

Kyle's doctors have him doing 12 chemotherapy treatments with four different kinds of chemo, his mom says. He also has to get shots to keep his white blood cell counts up. As of Thursday, he had only had one round of chemo.

His mom says last Tuesday he had his port placed, Wednesday he had a bone marrow biopsy, Thursday a PET Scan, and Friday his first chemo treatment. He hasn't complained once. That's just the essence of Kyle.

After Kyle posted his diagnosis to Twitter, former Pitt running back and current Pittsburgh Steelers player James Conner reached out to Kyle. Conner beat cancer while he was in college at Pitt -- the same kind as Kyle. Kyle says Conner told him he was thinking of him during his fight and encouraged him to press on.

Cancer treatment is expensive. If you'd like to help Kyle's family, you can donate on Facebook.

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