Connor greeted by Rebels football players

CPHS players give signed helmet to elementary student suffering cancer

by Megan Hopps

Sun Press Newspapers

 

Oxbow Creek Elementary School student Connor Prothero of Champlin was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in June.

After learning that Connor was a Champlin Park Rebel’s football fan, the team knew they wanted to help Connor in any way they could.

Champlin Park Rebel football captains, left to right, Kyle Setterlof, Jason Anderson, Matt Juneau and Dillon Cox visit with Oxbow Creek Elementary School student Connor Prothero (center) of Champlin, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in June. The team had learned that Connor was a fan and gifted him with a helmet signed by the Champlin Park Rebels football team.

Champlin Park Rebel football captains, left to right, Kyle Setterlof, Jason Anderson, Matt Juneau and Dillon Cox visit with Oxbow Creek Elementary School student Connor Prothero (center) of Champlin, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in June. The team had learned that Connor was a fan and gifted him with a helmet signed by the Champlin Park Rebels football team.

 

We learned about Connor’s condition through our coach,” said Champlin Park Rebel’s team captain, Dillon Cox. “After the Andover game, he came in the locker room as we were putting our gear away. He told us about Connor and asked us all to sign a helmet for him.”

After signing the helmet, the team captains went to visit Connor at school and gifted him with the Rebel’s football helmet the entire team had signed.

“It was a really cool experience,” said Jason Anderson, Rebels football captain. “When we walked in with the helmet and with all of our gear on the kids went crazy.”

The boys gave Connor the helmet and his face lit up with a big smile.

“It was an eye-opening experience,” said Matt Juneau. “Compared to everything he’s gone through, it makes you grateful for what you have in life.”

Connor’s Story:

Connor first started experiencing headaches, sleepiness and sickness in early June and was referred to the Children’s Hospital ER by his pediatrician. After several tests and a biopsy doctors determined the mass found on Connor’s brain was a Glioblastoma Multiform tumor.

Connor Prothero gets snug inside his new football helmet that was given to him as a gift by the Champlin Park football team.

Connor Prothero gets snug inside his new football helmet that was given to him as a gift by the Champlin Park football team.

 

So Connor underwent multiple brain surgeries to attempt to remove the tumor and later had proton radiation treatment to prevent its growth, as this type of tumor grows at an aggressive rate. Recently Connor has been experiencing symptoms caused by pressure on the brain stem due to tumor growth and a hemorrage. Connor had another surgery to remove the growing tumor, but on the day of surgery a MRI showed changes in Connor’s brain that greatly increased the risk of surgery and likeliness of recovery.

Connor’s parents made the difficult decision to cancel the surgery and focus on Connor’s comfort and maximize the time left with him. To learn more about Connor’s story and courageous fight visit www.CaringBridge.org.

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