Farwell’s Crawford Returns to Sidelines After Beating Cancer

FARWELL – After months of fighting cancer, one Farwell student is now cancer free.

That student is senior Harley Crawford.

“I went into the doctors just thinking it was something minor, but finding out I had a blood cot, and a mass about the size of a football in my chest, but as of Nov. 6, I got the news that I’m cancer free and so I’m really excited about that,” said Crawford.

One of the biggest disappointments during her diagnosis and treatment of a rare form of Lymphoma was having to step away from the thing she loves most, sports.

“It was definitely 75 percent of why I wanted to get back. Obviously I wanted to beat it but for me, sports is everything,” said Crawford.

Basketball season just began for the Eagles of Farwell, but right now Crawford is unable to get out on the court and play officially.

“She’s actually played with us and scrimmaged with us a few times. She’s done really well and we’re just waiting for her to get healthy and back out on the court,” said head coach Gordie Risbridger.

Currently, she’s waiting on a second opinion about whether or not to do a procedure on her blood clot. If she gets the procedure, she won’t be able to play this year, but if there is no surgery, she’ll be back out on the court.

“It’s up in the air but it is possible,” said Coach Risbridger.

The possibility of her playing is exciting not just for Crawford, but for her teammates who have supported her the whole way and are more like family.

“We’ve been family for so long, most of us played the same three sports year round. Some of us play travel ball together so as we’ve grown up, we’ve just gotten more and more like family. It’s great, it’s wonderful. I’m so just so thankful for all their support and everything like that,” said Crawford.

The Eagles next game is Dec. 6 at  Charlton Heston Academy at 7 p.m.


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