Trevor Wright never would have thought so at the time, but the penny he swallowed when he was 4 years old kind of turned out to be a lucky one.
Trevor’s mom, Tish Wright took him to the doctor, and, the chest X-ray showed the penny. It also showed a malignant mass in his lung. Doctors in Brownwood removed the penny, but Trevor was taken immediately to Cook Children’s Medical Center where he was diagnosed with pulmonary blastoma.
Now 12, Trevor is healthy, does well in school, loves to be on the computer and is very artistic, but said his aunt, Becky Cook, Trevor was a very sick little boy for a couple of years after his cancer diagnosis. Trevor was the juvenile honorary chair for Brown County at last weekend’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
For two years after his cancer diagnosis, Trevor made trips back-and-forth to Cook’s undergoing chemotherapy and the little boy underwent two surgeries before the cancer went into remission.
At one point, Cook said, Trevor was so sick, he had to be flown to Fort Worth to Cook Children’s.
“It was touch and go there for awhile,” Cook said, and there have been some very tough times, since Trevor went into remission.
Just as he was getting better, Tish Wright, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died May 31, 2002.
Cook, who now has the care and custody of Trevor, said to see him healthy and doing so well means a lot to her. Besides her sister, Tish, her grandmother, aunt and father have all been cancer victims, who have died from the disease.
Trevor’s second time to ride in an emergency helicopter was a little more fun. At least he could enjoy it more. That ride came Friday, when he, along with his brother Travis Blackstock, and fellow survivor Nancy King, made their arrival at Gordon Wood Stadium to help kick off the annual Brown County Relay for Life event.
As a cancer survivor, Trevor was chosen as the honorary chair for the 2007 Brown County Relay for Life. King was also chosen honorary chair. Organizers anticipate will have raised more than $70,000 when all the money is counted from the event.