Thirteen-year-old Myles Galvan is a sports fanatic.
"It's a challenge," he said, with a grin.
His dimples give away his enthusiasm each time he is on a football or baseball field. Even watching from the stands, he is in his element.
"I want to be a Red Raider one day," Myles said. "I will always be a fan."
Just by looking at Myles, clapping and eating nachos at a Texas Tech baseball game, it might be hard to believe the curve ball life threw this teenager six years ago.
"He was seven and we were out at the 34th Street parade around Christmastime, and he was running around with the boys like everybody," said his mother, Janet Lara, "and he fell and when he fell, his ankle swelled up more than it should've. So we took him to his pediatrician, and she said, 'He's just a boy, just wrap it up and he'll be okay'."
However, this apparent sprain needed more than a time out.
"He was finally down to where he couldn't walk and he was in a wheelchair," Lara said, "and nobody could still tell me what was wrong."
It was a call only an official could make.
"He was like 'My back is on fire, don't touch me, I cant move'," Lara said, "so we called the ambulance and they took us to UMC. The doctor had come in and said 'No, we'll find out what's going on with him before he leaves here, you know, something's going on'."
The play was up for review.
"He said 'Worst case scenario, it could be leukemia cancer'," Lara said, "and I was like 'Oh, that's worst case…he doesn't have that."
However, the final decision was game changing.
"He got diagnosed with ALL in April of 2009," Lara said. "That's the last thing I thought we'd have to be dealing with, you know. He was healthy, he was running around and then for it to come down to that?"
It was just the beginning of a very challenging season for Myles, up against leukemia.
"From there, just spinal taps, chemo," Lara said, ''in and out of the hospital."
For two-and-a-half years, he played the same game.
"You look at the same stuff," Myles said, "over and over."
Myles finally came out victorious in 2013.
"He was active, he was playing," Lara said. "I mean, it was awesome. It was back to normal life."
Or so, he thought. A few months later, they found out the score was actually tied when doctors discovered his white blood count was extremely low again.
"He was like 'Okay it's back'," Lara said. "Me and Myles cried and cried that day. He was like, 'Why is it back mom?'"
His head coach Dr. Mohamad Al-Rahawan, told him the bad news; chemotherapy all over again.
"It makes you feel tired and nauseous," Myles said, "and your bones hurt."
Even though Myles was tired and devastated, he stepped back up to bat.
"He's a fighter," Lara said, "He doesn't give up."
If he walks away from this field, he knows what is on the line.
"You'd lose," Myles said.
But with a team of nurses by his side and his favorite fans, he is playing his rival team all over again.
"It's a fight he's not battling himself," Lara said. "We're all battling it with him."
Myles is running, hitting, ten times harder than ever before.
"We're in the hospital a whole lot more than we were the first time, he's more sick now, he's more tired now," Lara said. "It's just they're just giving him so much right now. It's overwhelming."
Myles' team is unsure how many more innings he has to battle. It could take several more years.
"It's a hard road," Lara said, "and we have to do it."
But they know he will finish strong.
"Just keep your spirits," Myles said, "and never give up."
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