SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – On Thursday there will be a special all day fundraising event in Fanwood in support of Cole Weber, a 16-year-old Scotch Plains resident who was diagnosed in June with lymphoma.
Much to the surprise of his family and friends, Cole had been dealing with the symptoms while playing a varsity sport and being the active and super fun guy he is. Cole is proud to be a Varsity Lacrosse player since freshman year representing SPFHS in the goal. Cole had a wonderful sophomore year as goalie receiving four state, division and county recognitions for his play. Cole was looking forward to his summer of lacrosse. He was registered to attend three lacrosse college showcase camps in the Northeast. Unfortunately, his treatment started immediately and he was unable to attend any of these camps. He will work with his fall and winter lacrosse clubs to get back into shape for next year’s season and hopefully next year’s camps.
With the same bravery, positive attitude and fight that he protects the goal with he is using to attack this challenge of Lymphoma. His Lymphoma was discovered on June 20th, the same day his sister Hailey graduated from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School.
Cole’s family advised him of the results the next day. He was quiet at first then quickly told his inner circle of friends. The road forward was unclear until additional texting was conducted the following week. The Valarie Fund Children’s Center at Morristown Medical Center took over Cole’s care and treatment. To date, Cole has been through three cycles of chemotherapy with one final cycle planned for mid-September. Original imagery identified three areas of concern for which treatment was developed. After two chemo cycles, these original areas were no longer visible. The two remaining chemo cycles are somewhat of assurance, hopefully eliminating the return of the cancer.
In support of his fight and lead by his sister Hailey, Cousin Ali and Aunt Cindy Deegan, they created Cole's Crusaders (http://colescrusaders.webs.com/home). As with the unknowns associated with Cole’s treatment, the idea behind Cole’s Crusaders was two-fold. First they wanted to show Cole he has a group of friends and family supporting and motivating his battle.
Secondly and related, there was an outgrowth of interest in being able to donate money to Cole’s cause in anticipation of the potential catastrophic health costs his family may face and simply to provide him a little pleasure or relief to the tough days he was about to face. To date, hundreds of lime green (the color designated to bring awareness to Lymphoma) shirts and wristbands, many made by Cole’s other sister Maddie and friends, have been sold. In addition, an outpouring of checks and cash have been donated by many as well.
Early in the process, Cole visited a party at with his extended neighbors. It was the first time many people were seeing Cole after knowing his challenge. He entered the backyard of the party and announced himself as “Sexy, with a side cancer!” This is a perfect example of his laissez faire attitude and has been adopted as Cole’s Crusaders theme.