TEAM REED: How a community rallied around a young boy battling brain cancer

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A community rallied around a boy named Reed who has been battling brain cancer for the last few months.

Reed is a baseball player for the 10-U Dee-Mack Warriors.
And on Saturday, teams from all over the area came to Brock Lake in Mackinaw to play baseball in his honor.

The group calls themselves “Team Reed.”

17 baseball teams from all around central Illinois came to Brock Lake to support Reed.

Reed’s mother says she can’t thank everyone enough.

This is just, overwhelming and amazing. We definitely feel the love, we know reed’s one loved kid.”

Courtney Fry | Reed’s mother

Reed was admitted to OSF on April 13. Him and his family were then sent by ambulance to Memphis at St. Jude.

Since then they’ve only been able to see hospital staff. So when everyone showed up today to play baseball, it brought tears of joy to Courtney.

“I burst into tears when we pulled into the parking lot just to see all the support that our family has, that reed has,” Fry said.

Roger Noe helped organize this event and says the support from local teams has been incredible.

“A lot of other baseball teams that we’ve played over the years, Metamora, during their tournament they raised a bunch of money for the family. Teams that aren’t even playing here today, they sent checks in when I put the reply out to see if anybody was interested. It’s been overwhelming,” Noe said.

Reed finished his last round of radiation on Wednesday, so keeping him cool and inside was a big focus for Courtney Saturday.

But the journey isn’t over yet.

“He still has a long road ahead, we’ll be heading back to Memphis on August 7 where he will begin his seven months of chemotherapy. So if everyone could say those prayers for him, and help us get through these next seven months,” Fry said.

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