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Colts player forms friendship with 9-year-old battling cancer for 2nd time

Colts player forms friendship with 9-year-old battling cancer for 2nd time

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Mason Garvey is facing a battle with cancer for the second time.

The 9-year-old has been in a fight with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that attacks the muscles, since September 2018.

His family was hoping he would be in the clear after a full year of treatment until he had a relapse in October.

Leaders of his school, Pleasant Grove Elementary, and Riley Hospital for Children decided to work together to update his class on what was going on with Mason’s condition.

“Just to make sure their general knowledge of what Mason’s going through is correct,” said Megan Kinney, the hospital’s education liaison.

They also made it a fun experience with the help of Blue, the popular Colts mascot.

“Seeing the community rally around him, it’s just been great for our spirits and our hearts here at the school,” said Pleasant Grove Principal Trael Kelly.

Mason also had a friend with him, who just happens to play for the Colts: Kenny Moore II.

Moore has been in Mason’s life since cancer came around the first time and, now that it’s back, is standing by his side once again.

“Sometimes Mason feels like his peers don’t understand that this isn’t just a privilege; that he just gets to be Kenny’s friend,” Kinney said. “It does come with a price and Mason is very aware of that.”

Mason and Moore’s connection has become a strong bond. Moore went to visit Mason before his third round of chemotherapy since his relapse.

“I get teary-eyed a little bit thinking about it because it’s a brotherhood,” said Moore, a 24-year-old cornerback. “It’s family. It is genuine care and love.”

“I hear Kenny refer to Mason as like a little brother,” Kinney said.

While Mason’s classmates wait anxiously for his return, they welcomed the hospital’s Bear in the Chair program. The Riley Children’s Health teacher program offers talks in the school classrooms of many of the hospital’s chronically ill patients. During this time, Riley educators offer age-appropriate explanations of what’s going on, offering ways to support the children and their families. A bear will be left behind in the student’s chair as a way for that child to continue to be part of the classroom community.

While Mason fights, his classmates in the Center Grove district will do their best to keep him in good spirits while he tries to beat cancer for good.

“Continue on showing that smile,” Kelly said. “We love you here at Pleasant Grove and we’ll see you soon.”

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Irsay fighting for long-term NFL Scouting Combine extension in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The dashing, lifting, shuttling and leaping — it’s that time again in Indianapolis. On Monday, 337 world class 2020 NFL Draft prospects begin their weeklong excursion at the NFL Scouting Combine downtown.

On Sunday, Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay spoke out on a few key talkers this week — including an eye-popping data point behind the machine that is the National Football League. 

“Do you guys realize that over the next five years, we (NFL teams) will roughly spend $40 billion on player costs?” 

“$40 billion as a league.”

Check, please.

Meanwhile, the most important microscope in sports shifts to primetime television beginning Thursday night. Workouts under the lights at Lucas Oil Stadium will try to heighten the buzz to a new level. Lurking behind the scenes is Indianapolis’ secret weapon as a host: A clean, convenient week for all parties.  

“If you talk to general managers, coaches and team doctors — no one does it like we can do it here,” Irsay said. “I think particularly medically … that is a strength and the centralization of downtown is a strength. It is a big economic impact for this city. We don’t take that lightly.” 

During Sunday’s half an hour question and answer session, Irsay said he was aware of the quote ‘provocative’ arguments on social media that point towards the NFL taking the combine away from Indianapolis. He dismissed some as pure speculation. 

This week, there is no secret behind this: Irsay will be busy canvassing fellow owners to keep the combine in his backyard beyond it’s current contract which expires after 2021. 

“I think it is important to remember that there are traditions that stay in place,” Irsay said. “I see us locking it up long term…No one can do it as good as us. In the end, isn’t that what it is about? I will fight for Indy tooth and nail to keep it here.” 

The bout continues.