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Murfreesboro teen battles cancer with support of community

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Devin Cairo was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and began chemotherapy last week at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Devin Cairo was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and began chemotherapy last week at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

The Rutherford County community has been quick to rally around a local teen facing a major medical challenge.

Devin Cairo, a senior baseball pitcher at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer.

The diagnosis came as a shock to Cairo's family and those who know him.  

The 17-year-old had recently been sick with what he thought was a cold.

"He told his mom. She took him to a walk-in clinic on a Saturday morning hoping to get some antibiotics for a cold and by the end of the day they'd told him he had cancer," said Mark Moore, family friend and Oakland booster club president.

Cairo began chemotherapy last week at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and was discharged on Monday.

He will continue to drive back and forth from Murfreesboro to Nashville for treatment for the next several months.

"That's going to be a battle, but that's where we come back to win the game motto. We want him to get through that and get to the other side," said Moore.

The community has come together to show the teen he's not going through his cancer battle alone.

Supporters have posted words of encouragement on social media and Mark Moore, a family friend and president of Oakland High School's sports booster club, said events are being planned to help the Cairo family.

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