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Teen facing adult cancer inspires Mid-South movement

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(WMC-TV) - It has been a long road to recovery for Mid-South high school football player Trey Erwin as he battles Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

"This is a pain pump connected to this bag of pain medicine, and it goes to this little button I press when I feel pain," said Trey Erwin.

Trey Erwin discovered the disease after suffering stomach problems.  His story has encouraged strangers across the Mid-South to donate and "Pray for Trey."

"We went to LeBonheur and we proceeded to St. Jude and through various tests," said his mother, Lisa Erwin.  "They did diagnose him at St. Jude."

Trey Erwin has also been receiving treatment at West Clinic.

"Because it is an adult cancer, they are treating him also," said Lisa Erwin.  "They're his adult oncologists."

Since then, the community has rallied around him to keep his spirits high and help raise money for him.

"It will help with some medical bills," said Lisa Erwin.

Trey Erwin received his first chemotherapy treatment this week.  It has made him a little weaker, but he is still positive.

He said sharing his journey online has helped him cope.

"Three weeks ago I had 100 followers on Twitter," he said.  "Today, I have like 2,300, just because people have been spreading 'Pray for Trey.'  It's amazing how things can move so fast."

Despite what he has been through, Trey Erwin said encouragement from others is what keeps him going.

"The hardest thing for me to go through is telling people to stop crying," he said.  "It'll be all right.  We'll get through this and everything."

Clear Channel radio station 101.9 held a campaign Tuesday in support of Trey Erwin.  The 13-hour event was a way to raise awareness throughout the community about pediatric cancer and its effects on children.

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