6-Year-Old Inspires “Rudy’s” Pulling Together Tug Of War Team


DEVELOPMENTS AS WE GET THEM ON AIR AND ONLINE AT CBSDFW.COM. WE’RE FOUR DAYS AWAY FROM AN EVENT TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER. THIS SATURDAY, CBS 11 S HOLDING AN EPIC TUG-OF-WAR EVENT IN GRAND PRAIRIE. ONE OF THE COMPETING TEAMS IS FROM RUDY’S BARBECUE, WHICH LOST THE TUG OF WAR LAST YEAR. AS DOUG DUNBAR REPORTS, THIS YEAR THEY HAVE EXTRA INFORMATION. I LIKE THAT. Reporter: SAM HAS A PRETTY UPBEAT ATTITUDE ON LIFE. I HAVE. Reporter: — HAVE AN THOUGH HE’S BEEN THROUGH A LOT IN HIS SIX YEARS ON EARTH. SOME, NEUROBLASTOMA. Reporter: WHEN THREE SURGERIES, SEVERAL ROUNDS OF CHEMO, RADIATION AND IMMUNOTHERAPY SOME EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT BUT IT’S ONLY AVAILABLE IN NEW YORK. HOW WOULD YOU — THAT? IT WAS NOT THAT BAD. I CALL IT SOME — AND IN BOTH PLACES HERE AND HERE. Reporter: THE INTENSE TREATMENT IS HARSH ON HIS LITTLE BODY. SAM HAS A NO NONSENSE ATTITUDE ABOUT HIS TREATMENT. WHEN I GOAT GET HOME — AND NO, THEY JUST GET IT. Reporter: SAM’S STRENGTH HAS BECOME TEAM RUDY’S INSPIRATION. AND HE’S OUR TEAM CAPTAIN AND MOTIVATION. Reporter: IT’S THAT MOTIVATION STEVE TRAHAN, THE AREA MANAGER HOPES WILL INSPIRE PEOPLE TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR WALLETS AND PURSES. FOR CANCER RESEARCH. IT’S CAUSE THAT IS PERSONAL TO HIM AS WELL. I LOST A KID SISTER WHEN SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD. IT MEANS A LOT TO ME AND MY WIFE IS ALSO PULLING WITH US AND OUR WHOLE RUDY’S TAMMY. Reporter: MORE THAN 40,000 CHILDREN UNDERGO TREATMENT FOR CANCER EACH YEAR. FOUR% OF FEDERAL CANCER FUNDING GOES TOWARDS CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH. SAY HI TO EVERYBODY. HI. Reporter: TEAM RUDY IS PULLING FOR SAM AND CHILDREN JUST LIKE HIM, TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH, MONEY THAT DIRECTLY HELPS CHILDREN LOCALLY. FOR SAM’S PARENTS, THEY WISH THE FUNDING COULD HELP BRING THE EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT CLOSER TO HOME. THAT IS GOOD. Reporter: WHOLE SAM HAS A LONG WAY TO GO, HE’S SPREADING A WHOLE LOT OF JOY AND HOPE ALONG THE WAY. DOUG DUNBAR, CBS 11 NEWS. I JUST WISH HIM THE BEST. AND WE’RE PULLING FOR SAM TO GET BETTER SOON. RUDY’S BARBECUE IS PULLING AGAINST SULLIVAN TEXAS BARBECUE. TO FIND OUT HOW TO HELP, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT CBSDFW.COM AND CLICK ON PULLING TOGETHER. JOIN US SATURDAY IN GRAND LAURIE. IT’S FOR CHILDREN LIKE SAM. THE REASON WE’RE DOING THIS. NO PARENT SHOULD EVER HEAR YOUR CHILD HAS CANCER. AND NO CHILD SHOULD EVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT. WE WOULD LIKE TO PUT AN END TO IT IF POSSIBLE. SO, IT’S JUST A LITTLE, YOU KNOW, DROP OF RAIN IN THE OCEAN, MAYBE. EXACTLY. AND WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN.

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