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Houston boy battling brain cancer gets support from TCU football team

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) The college football playoff TCU Horned Frogs gamebook includes a game that helps a Houston kid beat cancer.

“He supports us every day, he fights every day,” said Jana Baker, Hudson’s mom.

Hudson Baker, 3, battling cancer. In November 2021, Hudson was diagnosed with brain cancer medulloblastoma.

“This is news that parents don’t want to hear that he had a large tumor in the lower part of his brain,” said Brittany Baker, Hudson’s mom.

After brain surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant in September 2022, he was cancer free. But last month they discovered that the cancer had returned. He is currently undergoing emergency radiation therapy at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

“Hudson has definitely shown resilience, you can never tell what he’s going through,” said Brittany Baker.

A huge sports fan, Hudson also comes from a family of TCU alumni. His mother Yana’s niece is also dating Carter Ware #47. The bakers want to auction off sporting goods for their StrongLikeHudson.org foundation to raise money for their medical bills and support other families who have experienced childhood cancer. Both Ware and the rest of the team responded to the call.

The next day, they received a photo of a TCU soccer ball with signatures from the entire team.

“They have a lot going on right now, so this means more than anyone will ever know,” Jana Baker said.

The support they have received from friends, family and the horned frog community is what keeps them going.

“It makes us realize how happy we really are, how many people are rooting for Hudson,” Jana Baker said. “Even just seeing all the comments on the TCU fan football page brings a lot more prayers.”

They hope the signed football, which is still in LA with the team, will bring them more luck on Monday night.

“The other day someone left a comment on the page like: “First touchdown for you, Hudson,” said Jana Baker. “We just can’t believe the support everyone has given us.”

Hudson’s parents say they plan to auction off a TCU-signed soccer ball for their StrongLikeHudson.org foundation.

They say many people might be interested in adding this ball to their collection after Monday evening.

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