Saturday , 3 December 2016
McKinney Boyd Football team with three year old Jackson Houser
McKinney Boyd Football team with three year old Jackson Houser

Boyd Athletes Help McKinney 3-Year-Old and His Family

The entire McKinney Boyd football team and the girls soccer team were in attendance last week to watch as the McKinney Boyd Athletic Project donated funds to the family of three-year-old Jackson Houser and his family. Houser is battling T-cell leukemia, often spending hours at a time receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital in Dallas. Jackson and his family were nominated to receive the funds by McKinney Boyd girls soccer coach Sammy Covey.

Jackson is currently in the maintenance phase of treatment, which still requires weekly and chemotherapy and other oral chemo daily. Also, it requires quarterly spinal taps which inject chemotherapy into his spinal column, where leukemia often prefers to reside. Jackson will continue this regimen for two more years. Jackson’s mom Lindsey Houser said the last round of the trial drug Nelarabine was really tough on him, causing his immune system to fail and requiring a recent two week hospital stay.
McKinney Boyd Football team with three year old Jackson Houser
McKinney Boyd Football team with three year old Jackson Houser
“We are hoping, now that the trial drug is over, he will stay healthier and stay at home and be able to consistently go to preschool on Mondays and Wednesdays,” Houser said. “As you know, the hospital stays are tough on our family emotionally and financially. We are so thankful for McKinney Boyd and all the prayers and the support they have given our family. We are blessed to get to know such genuine students, teachers, and coaches.”
The McKinney Boyd Athletics Projects, an idea stemming from Boyd parent Jennifer Santos, raisers funds each fall through a “Let ‘Em Run 5 K” and the annual “Purple Out” football game. The funds are donated to families who have family members dealing with cancer. The recipients must reside in McKinney.

Photo and video courtesy of Jennifer Santos.

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