- A medical mystery turned into a scary diagnosis for a Chequmaegon football player earlier this year.
Thomas Harris ended last season with a concussion, so he thought.
Thomas spent his off-season beating cancer instead of in the weight room. He knew he had a hard battle ahead.
But not only did he conquer the disease, he's also getting to spend his senior year playing his favorite sport.
"Hopefully what I've been through can be motivation for some of teammates," Harris said.
From long hospital stays and chemotherapy, to first downs and putting on that green Screaming Eagles uniform again. Chequamegon quarterback Thomas Harris is back on the gridiron.
"Things are looking different than they have in the past, definitely," Harris said. "So that's exciting."
Thomas was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year. But after leaps of faith and several months of treatment, he has been cleared to play full contact football.
"It's fantastic to have him back not only because that's what he wanted and that's what he was looking forward to but because we really needed a quarterback," said Chequamegon Head Football Coach Dan Pearsall.
Thomas trained almost every single day after returning from treatments in Milwaukee.
"Obviously there were some days I couldn't but I did everything I could to get back at this point," Harris said.
Looking forward to leading his team and playing football his senior year kept him fighting.
"Being through everything that I've been through, I had to put in a lot of hard work," Harris said.
And it's not going unnoticed.
"He's really fulfilling his wishes as well as the teams at this point," Pearsall said.
But Thomas hopes the effort shows on the field.
"I didn't go through everything I have went through and work as hard as I did to lose every game," Harris said.
At Thomas' last doctor's appointment, there were no traces of cancer.
Thomas tells us he hopes to set an example for other cancer patients and his teammates.
The Screaming Eagles start their season Friday against the Boyceville Bulldogs.