The South Fork Athletic Conference is honored to be able to present “The Courage Award” for 2021 to West Lincoln High School athlete Judd Harrelson. Judd is currently in a courageous fight with cancer. He is a strong young man and the South Fork 2A Conference is with him all the way.
This is Judd’s story: During basketball workouts, Judd’s hip started to bother him, but he thought it was just out of shape and so on.
When he finally talked to the school’s athletic trainer, she knew something wasn’t right because the kid had played for 3 years prior, and as a senior, he knew the drill.
Judd went to the orthopedic doctor and things appeared ok, so they gave him a rehab schedule.
The red flag came when he decided not to play basketball his senior year, and rehab his hip (that was supposed to be ok) to be ready for baseball.
The trainer, who honest to God may have potentially saved his life, started researching and got Judd in to see another ortho doctor.
Dr. Hamm, another man who potentially saved Judd’s life because he wouldn’t stop until he figured this out, and after scans and tests and blood work figured out that something wasn’t right, and found the cancer.
The oncologist diagnosed Judd with Ewing Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer with fewer than 1,000 U.S. cases per year. It occurs in bones and in soft tissue around the bones.
Judd is in the middle of a 10-week chemotherapy treatment plan.
West Lincoln had senior night at the first home baseball game, and Judd was able to play an inning in right field and even caught a pop fly.
That will most likely be the last time he ever plays. (Published May 31, 2021)