Immaculata Magazine Summer 2014 - page 45

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HONORING PHILIP DAVIS
AS A MEMBER OF BASEBALL TEAM
The Immaculata University baseball team adopted
7-year-old Philip Davis from Royersford, PA as the newest
member of the baseball team on March 23 before their 2014
home opener with Neumann University. Through Team
IMPACT, the Mighty Macs added Philip to the squad for
the 2014 season. Prior to the game, Philip signed a letter to
join the Immaculata baseball team and later threw the first
pitch of the game after both team’s rosters were introduced.
Philip is thrilled to become the newest member of the
Mighty Mac family. His family moved here last summer
after his father retired from a career with the United States
Army. Last August, as Philip was preparing to celebrate his
seventh birthday, his doctor and mother were busy trying to
figure out why he continued to have unexplained, recurring
fevers. After a chest x-ray identified a very large mass in
his chest, Philip was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s
lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Instead of celebrating his seventh birthday with the
Reading Fightin’ Phils as originally planned, he began
treatment as a patient at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
(CHOP). Philip’s treatment plan required chemotherapy and
radiation therapy, ensuring that Philip would spend many
more days at CHOP over the next six months.
Philip went through four rounds of chemotherapy last fall. After his
chemo, Philip immediately underwent radiation and proton therapy. As
of January 31st, Philip completed treatment! While he will continue to
need tests and scans, Philip is excited to get back to his schoolwork and
everyday activities.
MIGHTY MACS
IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY
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