Morris High Senior Fighting Cancer Gets Special Spot On Football Team

Friday, August 31st 2018, 7:09 am
By: Tess Maune

An Oklahoma high school football team is letting their classmate know he's not battling cancer alone. 

The players are giving the teen a special spot on their team.  Friday is the home-opener for the Morris Eagles and leading the team is senior John Reed, after a special invitation from the players.

"John, you're one of the toughest Eagles I know and we want you to be part of our football team."

His teacher says says John is a special needs student, battling stage four brain cancer. 

When the team asked him to join their team as an honorary member, John, of course, said "yes."

When the Eagles take the field Friday against their rival, Henryetta, John will lead the team on the field, carrying the school flag.  His teacher tells News On 6, doctors recently tripled John's chemo, but he's using a pill treatment so he can go to school.

She says he loves school and wanted to come back this year after being home bound by surgery and treatment last year.

Morris' game kicks off at 7 p.m..

An online fundraiser has been set up to help John's family with medical expenses.