Baseball injury catches cancer
CROW, Ore. - It's safe to say baseball saved Cody Tripp's life.
It happened more than a year ago when he was playing third base for Crow High School. He applied a tag and broke his arm, and it changed his life forever.
"It never got healed or anything," said Tripp. "They finally took a blood test and found out that I had Leukemia."
He began treatment right away, which meant weekly trips to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland for chemotherapy.
"The past year has been a roller coaster, since he was diagnosed," said Cody's mom Jill Tripp. "When I first found out, I thought my life was coming to an end. My kids are my life."
Tripp's treatment started working and now he's on maintenance.
In fact he made his way back on the basketball court at the end of last season, and even played baseball this past spring.
"The first basketball season back from being diagnosed was pretty tough because I got tired really fast," said Tripp. "Baseball season was a little easier because I was used to doing sports and stuff."
His coach Billy Anderson wrote an inspiration letter to "Friends of Baseball," a foundation that helps youth baseball in under served communities in Oregon.
On Sunday the founders showed up at Crow High School with a surprise for Tripp.
Brand new, all-star designed cleats for Tripp's brand new chance at life.
"I'll just say it, it was a no brainer," said founder Keenan Longcor. "We had our first winner."
The surprised left Tripp speechless, but he did say that cancer taught him to be tough, and that he fully expects to be back on the diamond next spring.