Every day is blessing for West Forsyth football player with cancer

Chat with the AJC's Michael Carvell

Happy 2010 from the AJC's Michael Carvell

For many of us, the holidays and New Year’s are one of the few times that we pause for a moment to reflect on the year gone by.

For others, every day counts as a blessing.

West Forsyth football player Trey Rood is battling life-threatening cancer (Stage IV metastatic melanoma). This week, Rood is on a family ski trip in Breckenridge, Colo., granted by the “Make A Wish” Children’s Foundation. You can keep up with Rood’s progress at PrayForTrey.org.

How is Trey? “He is still doing well,” said his mother, Cherie Rood. “We know the tumor in his left lung is still there, although we go back for another PetScan on Jan. 19 in hopes we’ll see it shrinking. So basically we’re at an unchanged status, but that could be progress or success when the cancer is not growing or spreading either.”

One of Rood’s passions is football. Once upon a time, he had dreams to play for the University of Georgia. The 6-foot-3,  180-pounder was getting some looks from Georgia Southern and Furman before the cancer relapsed last June. Rood still played his senior season, although he missed a few games while in Germany for alternative cancer treatment. His medical bills have run as high as $80,000 per month.


The last month has been good for Rood. He played in the All-Star Rotary Bowl on Dec. 19 with other seniors from Forsyth and Fulton high schools. The hard-hitting Rood was named “MVP Defensive Player” with two interceptions, six tackles and two assists.

And the last week? “You’d never know he has the cancer he has,” his mother said. “He’s out snowboarding every day, tearing down the mountain. It’s awesome to watch him have so much fun …”

15 comments Add your comment

Full Steam ahead

January 8th, 2010
7:05 am

I had the opportunity of meeting this young man this past summer. He is a wonderful well spirited person. My family and I will continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers as he conquers this.

Lisa Robbins

January 13th, 2010
10:42 pm

Keep fighting Trey!! We are all behind you!

Damian Purves

January 13th, 2010
11:16 pm

The character this young man has shown while dealing with this issue should be a blessing to everyone that is a witness. Great young man and family and they have our full support. See Mark 16:15-18 my favorite. Powerful stuff. Trey! You be the man!

Michelle Wagner

January 14th, 2010
5:46 am

Dear Trey and Rood Family,
You don’t know me..I live in South Forsyth. I just want you to know my family is praying for you and your family!! May God Bless you and strengthen and heal your body and spirit. You have so many people on your side..praying for you and wishing you well!! So please know you are not alone!!!
Trust in the Lord and he will not fail you!!!

The Michelle Wagner & Family

Judith Kaplan

January 14th, 2010
12:50 pm

Hi Trey, you do not know us, but we live across the creek on Richmond Way.

We are always praying for you.A lot of us are praying for you. God we heard our prayers.

You look great in the picture !!! God Bless you!!!.Harvey & Judith Kaplan

Dade Parham

January 14th, 2010
2:34 pm

wat a stud, keep fighting man

Tina Waldrop and Family

January 14th, 2010
9:23 pm

We continue to pray for you and your family. You are a man of courage and an inspiration to many young and old. Keep dreaming your dreams. May God b be with you, and don’t give up. Miracles do happen. By the way I am Dustin Gayton’s aunt.

robin karnes

January 15th, 2010
1:15 pm

Keep on keeping on…. sounds like you have the Lord on your side and a lot of other great people. My prayer this year for you is complete healing in you body. Robin Karnes

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