Cancer survivor, age 4, throws out first pitch

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Payton Chumbley, age 4, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent Howard Payne University and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball game. (Photo by Jessica Melendrez/Howard Payne University)

Payton Chumbley, age 4, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent Howard Payne University and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball game.

Howard Payne Head Coach Stephen Lynn said his team wanted to help Payton and his family celebrate the news that his cancer is in remission.

Payton was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in February 2007 while his parents, Terry and Robin Chumbley were serving as missionaries in Prague, Czech Republic with WorldVenture. When doctors discovered his condition, the Chumbley family moved back to the United States for his chemotherapy treatments.

Lynn read about Payton’s condition in an e-mail several months ago, and he shared the story with the baseball team. Payton’s father, a 1991 graduate of Howard Payne, had been a member of the baseball team. 

The players signed five baseballs, as well as a team picture, for Payton and his four brothers.

 

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