K&C - Zack Cummings, 16, acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, Saugus 8-22-18

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
Wednesday, August 22nd
In April 2016, Zack went to the ER with a large, painful lump on the side of his neck and remained in the hospital for 4 days. He was diagnosed with a brachial cleft cyst.

Antibiotics reduced the size of the cyst down to where they could not find it on an MRI and Zack carried on. Late in July, after returning from a month in Spain, the lump was back, but again the antibiotics took care of it. Eventually they tested the cyst and found it to be benign and started talking about removing it.

In January 2017, the cyst was removed, but the next day, the doctor came in to tell Zack and his family that the pathology results found the cyst to be covered in lymphoma. Zack began treatment in February, right after the Super Bowl.

Zack is a huge sports fan and enjoys football, basketball, baseball and skiing, and all things Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics. Zack is also a scholar-athlete.

His family includes his parents, Sean and Beth, and his sister, Molly, 13.

He is a rising junior at St. Mary’s in Lynn.

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And it plans to move it. In last February. In day. Came out of this surgery. Everything teen who can't sign in game tonight doctor likes it she's. Well we found cancer. Can't. You hole when you heard that news fifteen them and what you think we're just first. I was scared I didn't really know at this day I just kind of crowded. Scared and. Don't look scared him more of a pretty tough. Well now that kind of conscious last year and a half forget toward still less aggressive treatment. Right and I have so many great people supporting me and help you know. Don't need to Jimmy Fund and everything that they can. And it's just helped it helped make this much he's. Other than. Surgery would work. What else that the treatment entail. On just a lot of team a lot of hair. And a few times at one point it's wanna an instance that they gave. Was close to me. Every two weeks. It I was allergic to it. Dean and he and other option lies. 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And rock she didn't like baseball in Miami any of the players is kind of went to sort of go hang out with other kids and then Brock came up to her and she just had a second new. Just a regular guy that wants to sort of user what he is at the baseball player to help others and and he saw that he has so how to get to sort of make you guys happy. I would I think we're everybody's favorites rock called even Kirk's crew for Brooke I wasn't sure and it won't it will be sad because there's not gonna last forever. Maybe you'll stay here maybe you'll become the next my can't get I don't know what he's done has last rack and got up. I checked this number I had Turkey and Lisa and Zach this is today just today you may injure anonymous friends. 502300. Oh boy I was 502396. Thanks to everybody and credits her ex friend next everybody call. Thanks everyone there donated to. All the patients who came in today of what you volunteered unbelievable work they would keep rock next. 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