CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Trevor Lail is the first of FOUR Bandys High School students you are going to meet fighting pediatric cancer. FOUR.
Right now, Trevor is in the middle of his battle.
Last week his friends painted the high school rock to support him.
He's 16. From Newton. 11th grade. Diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma in June 2014.
This upbeat kid -- who once told his mom he could either laugh or cry, and he wasn't going to cry -- went through 52 weeks of chemo. A month after being declared cancer-free, his cancer returned.
He's now going through chemo again and is scheduled for two bone marrow transplants. One next month, the other in January.
Both will be done at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center and require at least four weeks in the hospital. The first transplant will use Trevor's own cells. The second will use a donor.
His mom Rita, his dad Pete and his 20-year-old sister Maddie (a junior at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte) have all been tested to see if they're a match. Results are still pending. His sister is his best hope.
"Trevor always says he doesn't want to be the 'cancer kid'," said Rita. "He has a gift for making people laugh and is striving to be in school as long as he can. He just wants to be Trevor. His goal is to go to NC State for engineering."
Rita then cracked a joke.
"This is hard for me, as I am a Carolina grad."
Guess we can see where he gets the quick comebacks?
September is Pediatric Cancer Awarness (ACTION) Month. We're over half-way through these 30 stories of kids ALL in our backyard.
And again, Trevor is just one of FOUR students at one high school -- you'll meet the other three over the next three days.
Do you get it now?
Do you get why this is important?
Do something. Do what you can. Share Trevor's story. Tell your friends and family. Donate time, money or love to any of the many fundraisers going on this month.
And Trevor, hang in there. Keep laughing. This photo your mom sent screams of your prankster personality. Keep that up.
As many people will attest, attitude really does make a difference.