3-Year-Old 'Mighty Quinn' Battling Brain Cancer Shoots Hoops With Harlem Globetrotters
Quinn Waters, 3, is battling medulloblastoma and had to stay inside as he underwent months of treatment.
After months being cooped up inside his house, 3-year-old Quinn Waters was ready to get out on the court and shoot some hoops.
The Massachusetts toddler is battling a cancerous tumor on his brain stem that was discovered the day after his third birthday in February. After undergoing an eight-hour surgery that removed 95 percent of the tumor, Quinn had several rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, his family wrote on their website.
Those aggressive treatments knocked out the little boy's immune system and forced him to spend a month in the hospital and three months in isolation inside his own home, the family said.
During that time, people would stop by his "Quinndow" to say hi, including firefighters, sports teams and fans dressed as superheroes. The little boy's bravery earned him the nickname "Mighty Quinn."
When Quinn's doctor finally gave him the all-clear to go outside, two Harlem Globetrotters were waiting for him with basketballs and a big basket of Halloween candy this week. Quinn played basketball with Globetrotters Jet Rivers and Hops Pearce in a park near his house in Weymouth.
His mom, Tara Waters, said the outing meant the world to Quinn, who is doing well.
"He's been a warrior," Waters said. "Every day he gets up and he's ready to go. He never stops."
Waters also urged people who are able to donate blood and platelets to kids battling cancers and undergoing surgeries, saying "kids like him are where they are now because of people's selfless donations of blood and platelets."
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