Rayburn football player tackles cancer with help of team

Video: Rayburn football player tackles cancer with help of team
Posted on 03/08/2018
Rayburn football player tackles cancer with help of team

Story by Reesha Brown
Video by Rob Smith

Sam Rayburn junior Domingo Davila is tackling one of the hardest battles of his life.

In January, the Texans offensive lineman was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma cancer.

It’s been an uphill challenge ever since. It prevented him from practicing with his team and living a normal teenage life.

“One of the school trainers called me and told me that they had noticed the left side of his chest kind of swollen and that he really needed to get checked out,” Manuela Davila, his mother said.

The football team and his coaches huddled together to raise money for Domingo and show support for their fellow teammate. The team surprised Domingo inside the school’s weight room with a check for $3,000.

“It shows the true value of friendship and actual meaning of team. They’re here for you,” said Domingo

The effort was led by head football Coach Shaun Wynn, with contributions from the team the Texas High School Coaches Association.

“I told them it’s for Curly,” Coach Wynn said. “Everybody started bringing fives tens…Also, I wrote a letter to the THCA. They had a benevolence fund set up for situations like this. When Curly came back, everybody was here.”

When the treatment is over in April, Domingo plans to return back to the football field.

“It pushes me because I see some cancer patients and they’re in their room,” Domingo said. “They don’t do anything, but I have a choice to be in the same place as them or be better – work out, run.”

“When I come, back, I really want to be here working out to be the old person I was – but better though.”