fallen teammate, the Bearcats will wear a "T" on the backs of their helmets for the duration of this season, beginning with tonight's opener with Clyde.
"I actually think we were feeling worse than he was," Trent's best friend Phillip Lopez said. "He was just the type of guy who wouldn't let anything bring him down. But it had a huge impact on everyone who knew him because we all loved him."
The team won't, however, be using Trent's death as a rally cry to win football games. According to Fryar, they're simply honoring him out of love and respect.
Diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer two years earlier, Trent's chances of survival were slim from the outset, and virtually nonexistent in the latter part of his illness.
"Trent never played the pity song," said his father, David. "He was bound and determined to beat it, and he never got down not ever.
"His mom and dad had been through a lot, and to see him have enough courage to put a football uniform on and go on that field was very special."
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"You just can't give up, and Trent never did."
"A nurse told us that even if your chances are 100 to 1, you have to believe you're the one," David said. "That was Trent's approach from the beginning."
"Because of Trent, a lot of our guys have learned that there's a lot more to life than football," Brevard said. "They saw Trent's spirit and his not giving up attitude and it left an impression on them.
BALLINGER Until the moment he lost consciousness, Under Armour Shoes Australia an IV containing chemotherapy medicine dripped its way into the system of 15 year old Trent Ueckert.
"Trent's dad and his granddad were old Bearcats who played on championship teams," Fryar said. "So the moment his dad saw him run out on the football field to play in a Bearcat football game was a touching moment.
When asked if he felt like getting into the game by freshman coach Jim Fryar, Trent replied, "I guess that's what we're here for," and hit the field.
"The town rallied behind him with fundraisers, cards, letters, prayer lists, and he had friends coming in and out of the house every time we were home," David said. "They prayed for him at pep rallies, they made T shirts for him, there were just too many things to really remember.
"It meant a lot, but it was bittersweet, because he was just too sick to do everything he wanted to do out there," said David of their time in Los Angeles. "It was two weeks before he passed away, so it wasn't as good as we would have liked, but ESPN did a wonderful job with everything."
There, he had front row seats to watch his favorite sport: motocross. ESPN arranged for the teen to meet his favorite motocross racer, Travis Pastrana. Unfortunately, Trent's cancer had reached an advanced stage by that time, and he was simply too ill to attend the meeting.
The disease, which often attacks adolescent males, is so rare that an effective protocol to combat it has yet to be developed.
a road trip at Winters.
When Trent returned home from Los Angeles, literally days away from death, his attitude remained unchanged. The smiles were still constant, the jokes were still prevalent, and so was the unshakable optimism.
Trent accepted it as a challenge.
Taken to a doctor shortly thereafter, it was discovered that Trent's blood pressure was abnormally high and he was immediately referred to a pediatrician in San Angelo. There, it was learned that Trent had an extremely aggressive, chemo resistant form of cancer known as an intra abdominal desmoplastic small round cell tumor.
"Whatever people could do for him, they did."
"I don't think his doctors really wanted him playing football," Ballinger coach Brent Brevard said. "But I don't think they wanted to tell him 'no', because they knew it was important to him and it would keep his spirits up."
The Make a Wish Foundation made a contribution as well, granting Trent's wish to attend the X Games in Los Angeles last month.
It was a prognosis that could have easily been accepted as a death sentence.
He attended school, participated in multiple student organizations, went to the prom (with two dates) and was elected Freshman Class President. He continued to ride his dirt bike religiously, and even decided to do the unthinkable: play football.
Soon, an entire community would take notice.
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Yet to the very end, the fourth generation Ballinger High School football player insisted on remaining on chemo, even at a point where many terminally ill patients forego treatment so they can enjoy their final days free of side effects.
Trent lost his battle on Aug. 9. But his stubborn refusal to capitulate or complain has left a powerful legacy for his family, friends, and the entire town of Ballinger to remember.
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