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Cancer returns for popular teen that sparked community movement

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File photo of Dalton Edwards from December 2013 File photo of Dalton Edwards from December 2013
IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

An Iredell County teenager who sparked community movement when he was diagnosed with cancer has received some bad news.

The community rallied around teenager Dalton Edwards last Fall after the football and soccer player learned he had liver cancer.

Edwards was a 16-year-old junior at West Iredell High School when he was diagnosed in September 2013.

His mom, Geri, reached out to WBTV's Molly Grantham to say an oncologist found a mass in and around one of Dalton's left ribs during a CT and MRI scan on Monday.

This mass was not there when he had his last CT.

Geri Edwards says the mass can be one of two things. It's either Post transplant lymphoma disease (PTLD) or a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) relapse.

Neither is good, but she says no matter which it is, they will treat it aggressively with chemo. PTLD would require little or no radiation.

She says a treatment plan should be in place by Friday.

Dalton tweeted out the news on MOnday saying "Looks like my cancer is back... but that's life."

Geri Edwards says her heart is hurting. She knew when the doctor walked in and had "that look" on his face. Dalton's attitude has always been remarkable.

Geri says she'd welcome any good thought. For strength and positivity. For the right path. For whatever you feel compelled.

She said prayers worked miracles last time. They're still in shock now but will attack this battle with as much as they did last September.

A few hours his initial diagnosis, Dalton told his friends on the football team at West Iredell High School. It was rivalry night for the football team who was playing North Iredell that night.

Both teams took the field together, ignored the rivalry, surrounded Dalton and prayed over him.

He couldn't play that night, but number 33 was still on the field. His friend put the jersey on and scored a touchdown.

Dalton's diagnosis had hit the community in a way no one could have expected. Many people began wearing Dalton's favorite color, Carolina Blue.

Facebook pages and Twitter hashtags were created asking people to "Pray for Dalton."

In May, Make-A-Wish and North Iredell High School - Dalton's rival school - teamed up to send him to England. The surprise was unveiled at North Iredell.

Dalton, a huge soccer fan, flew to London for a week-long adventure.

Friday, WBTV met up with Dalton during West Iredell High School's soccer practice. 

"It still hasn't hit me yet, I'm taking it day by day, but it's creeping up on me every now and then," Dalton said. 

This was supposed to be the season he got back out on the field, but Dalton tells WBTV that will have to wait. 

"Sitting on the sidelines coaching them, it's going to be really tough not being out on the field with my boys this year," Dalton said. 

However, Dalton doesn't plan to be on the sidelines too long. Doctors tell him he'll could be playing again within two months. 

"The quicker it's out of me, the better it is, and the quicker I can get on with my life and playing sports again," Dalton said. 

Surgery is scheduled for next Thursday. At that point, doctors may be able to determine what type of mass is on Dalton's rib. 

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