Basketball battle to boost boy's cancer fight

Published 05/08 2014 06:13PM

Updated 05/08 2014 06:46PM

SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - A Utah community plans to come together and help a boy fund the fight against cancer.

The Goodsell family is an average family of six.  However, their son Grant's deadly diagnosis has been emotionally taxing and costly. 

You would not know it looking at the 6-year-old.  While playing a simple game of air hockey he smiled and laughed while successfully scoring the winning goal. 

His diagnosis came last September.  The boy's father David told ABC4 Utah it was a shock.  "We were diagnosed with osteosarcoma," he said.

Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer that quickly spread throughout Grant's left arm. After considering the diagnosis and the impact it would have on his life, the boy made an extreme decision. 

"It took him about two minutes," Goodsell said.  "He said, I'll do the really hard one.  I'll cut my arm off."

Despite the amputation the disease sadly spread to his lungs. 

"That brings his chances, his mortality rate down significantly," Goodsell said. 

The family chose to continue the fight. 

"It's a hard thing to go through," Goodsell said.  "It's a hard thing to have to deal with, but the people around us make it a lot easier." 

Those people plan to chip in to aid the family with their medical bills in a city wide fundraiser tomorrow night. 

Syracuse City Police Chief Garret Atkin announced, "Between the police department and the fire department, we decided to play a basketball game and help the community come out and support this worthwhile cause." 

Atkin told ABC4 Utah the basketball battle will cost a mere dollar, a dollar that can make a difference. 

"This is just a great opportunity for the community to come together and support a cause," he said. 

Goodsell is humbled by the help. While fighting back tears he said, "It is amazing." 

However, he is most grateful for the opportunity he gets to learn from his courageous son every day. 

"He's probably the toughest person I know and for a 6-year-old, that's pretty amazing," he said. 

The cancer fight is a daily battle for sweet and smiley Grant who come tomorrow will be cheering for his favorite team. 

"BYU," Grant said. 

Syracuse City's Charity game will be held at Syracuse Junior High School on Friday May 9th at 7:00 p.m. 

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If you cannot attend, but would like to help the Goodsell family with medical expenses you may donate to an account called "Gifts for Grant Goodsell" at any Wells Fargo bank. There is also a paypal account accepting donations under the same name. 

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