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Football team rallies around 4-year-old diagnosed with cancer

Posted at 10:54 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 12:07:01-04

A group of freshmen at Mountain View High School came together for a girl they don't even know.

Addison, also known as Addy, is a 4-year-old girl recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer.

According to her family, Addison started chemotherapy two weeks ago. Her mom quit her job to drive Addison to chemotherapy.

"She drives in from Sahuarita to UMC almost every single day, because along with chemo, comes with all sorts of other doctor appointments to check on her heart, to check on her hearing all things that can deteriorate from chemotherapy," said Jennifer Roberts, a family friend.

That's why Roberts started "Team Addison."

Roberts sells bracelets to help raise money for Addy's family. Roberts said it also shows Addy that her community is in the fight with her.

On Thursday, the Mountain View High School football team wore the bracelets before and after their game.

"They're wearing them because they're Team Addy. They've got an entire freshman football team behind Addison as well," Roberts said.

Friends, family and community members take pictures of the bracelets for Addison to see. According to her family, Addison asks to see the pictures daily as she loves that people are wearing her bracelets.

Addison has been discharged from the hospital. Her family says with the help of her surgeon, pediatrician and oncologist, the best approach for her stage three diagnosis will be two to four cycles of chemotherapy and resection. Each cycle will last three weeks. Once her first two cycles are done, Addison will have an MRI done to see the size of the tumor and decide if resection is possible.

For more information about Addison, visit "The Almighty Addy Fights Back," on Facebook, which is being updated by Addison's mother.