Murfreesboro teen stays focused on cancer fight - WKRN News 2

Murfreesboro teen stays focused on cancer fight

Devin Cairo, 17, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in September Devin Cairo, 17, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in September

While most teens are cruising through their senior year, Devin Cairo is focused on fighting cancer.

The Oakland High School baseball pitcher was diagnosed with State IV Hodgkin Lymphoma in September following a visit to a walk-in clinic.

"The lady said she saw something on an X-ray she didn't like and sent us to the emergency room," said Devin's dad Bill Cairo recalled.

The 17-year-old had been feeling sick but just thought he had a respiratory infection.

"The first thing my wife said was, 'We didn't come in here for that. We came in for a simple cold,'" Cairo continued

Devin must undergo six rounds of chemotherapy at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. He just finished his third round and so far it's working. Devin is feeling pretty good and said his baseball team is his motivation.

"I don't believe I'd be doing as [well] as I am if I hadn't been around them. They're basically like my baseball family, like my brothers," Devin told News 2, adding, "There's no point being sad about it. It happened and I might as well get over it."

There's been an outpouring of support from the community and area schools.

People have sent money, cards, prayers, food and a student at Devin's school printed t-shirts. So far she's sold 150 of them and has given the proceeds to the Cairo family.

"It means the world. I think it's helped him more than anything," said Bill Cairo.

Devin says he's ready to knock cancer out of the park and get back to the baseball field and the sport he loves.

He hopes to return to school and practice after the first of the year.

A fundraiser is planned this Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at McAlister's Deli on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

Members of the Oakland baseball team and booster club will take orders, serve tables, drinks and sell items in support of Devin. Part of the proceeds will go to help the family with medical expenses.

On November 25, all tickets fundraiser will be held at Oakland's game. All tickets sold to the game will go towards Devin's medical bills.

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