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Mineola cancer survivor continues to support those still in the fight


POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 10:21am

UPDATED: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:08pm

Afternoons out on a soccer field in Mineola, hold a bit more meaning for Markus Castillo, after two long years of watching his son Alex battle brain cancer.

"Whenever you find out that your kid has cancer, I don't even know how to describe it, it broke me down," said Castillo.

But, it didn't break down Alex, who still bares the scars of his fight, but now gets ready to be the goalie for the Mineola Sidekicks, cancer-free.

"Oh, it's amazing now to see him being able to play sports again," said Castillo.

But, on Sunday, Alex and his father will be heading to the home of the Dallas Cowboys for something other than a sporting event.

"We're going to the "Cancer Buzz-Off," and we're going to shave our heads," said Alex.

This event is something Markus says would have never crossed his mind before Alex was diagnosed.

"Before this, I never thought about my son being the one to have cancer and never thought twice about it," said Castillo. "And now anytime it comes to events like this, we're gonna participate and show how we support everybody else that's going through the same things that we went though."

The event will raise money to help families battle the disease, along with showing support for a community, which helped Alex during his most difficult times.

"I would feel really, really happy," said Alex.

So, the soccer drills continued, and a normal Tuesday afternoon for father and son carried on, the kind of afternoon the Castillos' cherish every single day.

"We're excited to see he's good now and he's ready to start over and rehab and get back out there," said Castillo.

Alex is still working to regain full motion of his right arm so that one day he can play baseball again, but right now he is just fine playing soccer for the team his dad coaches.

If you would like more information on the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off, you can follow this link:

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