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BALCH SPRINGS Like most 12-year-olds, Trey Sampson loves sports.

Waveboarding, professional wrestling and football are his outlets for a very adult problem.

'Nobody else can really carry the weight on my shoulders that I'm carrying,' Trey said with tears welling up in his eyes.

Since 2012, the seventh grader has had four surgeries to remove a rare bone cancer. First, his arm was amputated; then part of his lung removed.

But on September 9, Trey's prognosis turned grim. Doctors said osteosarcoma will take Trey's life.

'It makes me feel that getting my arm amputated and everything I've been through is for nothing,' he said between sobs.

But his mom, Kimberly Sampson, said it won't take away his childhood dream -- thanks to the mighty Balch Springs Middle School Jaguars.

'To see the 6th, 7th and 8th graders to open up to him,' Sampson said with a big smile. 'You wouldn't believe the love inside his school! Its amazing!'

Trey's mom said on Tuesday, Balch Springs Middle School will team up with its biggest rival, Pleasant Grove, and make sure No. 88 makes his first (if not his last) touchdown ever.

Trey said he's ready, even if his lungs aren't.

'Most likely my team will carry me across, so no matter what, I will make that touchdown,' he said.

After the game, his No. 88 jersey will be retired, although Trey insists he'll wear it again.

'I'm gonna show cancer,' Trey pledged. 'I'm gonna beat it!'

And his mother agrees. 'I do believe in miracles, and we're not giving up,' Sampson said.

The Balch Springs Middle School Jaguars will take on Pleasant Grove Tuesday night, in Pleasant Grove at 6 o'clock.


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