- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The 7-year-old son of a University of Kansas athletic department employee has received an outpouring of support from football players after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/2c7PcxP ) reports that Shanda Hayden is an academic and career counselor in the athletic department. She said her son, Cole, was diagnosed in August with a pediatric cancer that begins in the body’s connective tissues.

Almost all of the University of Kansas football players and coaches wore wristbands emblazoned with #TeamCole during the team’s August training camp. Co-defensive coordinator Kenny Perry, along with the team’s defensive backs, have pledged a $100 donation to the Team Cole Fund for every interception this season.

Hayden said her son has grown up around University of Kansas football and its players, who had formed a bond with him even before his cancer diagnosis.

Several players visited Cole and other young patients at a Kansas City hospital this summer. The players gifted Cole with red and chrome KU helmet.

“I had, obviously, a proud mom moment in that regard because they’re like my children,” Shanda said. “They’re my family, so I was very proud with them. They were great with Cole.”

Cole continues to receive treatment for his diagnosis.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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