Riley Rhoden, 1-armed cancer survivor, now playing tee ball

8:27 AM, Jun 22, 2012   |    comments
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Pearland, Texas - This is a story about perseverance, personified by a little boy from Pearland.  Riley Rhoden isn't going to let anything get in his way of a normal life.

 When Riley was two years old, his mom Rachel noticed what looked like a small mosquito bite on his left arm.  

"I mean, my hair would raise every time I would look at it" 

Her young mother's intuition turned out to be right. 

"Finally, one night, Riley had crawled into bed with me, and he had woken up in the middle of the night. I mean, his pajamas were soaked and I was soaked in blood."

Several tests at M-D Anderson in Galveston revealed riley had a very rare malignant tumor.  

Doctors finally told the family the only way Riley would be able to survive was to amputate his entire left arm. 

"I laid in bed and said, you know, 'God, take me instead. Take my arm. You know, please take me instead. Don't do this to my kid.' it was the most awful thing I think I have ever experienced." 

Riley is now six years old, a member of the Braves in the Pearland Tee Ball League,  which at first wasn't easy for him to do.

"Like, how am I going to do this? I had no idea how to play this sport."

One day though, he watched a video online of a one-armed Japanese player using a rather interesting technique -- a move he has since perfected.

"I throw the ball kind of high, flip my glove off, catch it and throw."

"This season, in probably the third or fourth game, he actually did it in the game and I was like, I was more proud of him doing that than anything else -- you know, anything."

He is playing the game he loves while showing anything is possible.

"Yes, our son has lost so much, but I feel like he sacrificed to show the world. I would definitely classify it as a miracle, and I would say it was God's plan." 











KHOU via CBS Newspath

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