Less than two years after New England Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder beat cancer himself, he has revealed that his infant son is now facing his own cancer battle.
Solder, 27, and wife Lexi revealed at a charity event on Monday night that their son, Hudson, who was born in July, has a Wilms tumor in his kidneys and has received chemotherapy treatments at Boston Children's Hospital after being diagnosed on Oct. 19.
"They called it nephroblastomatosis and a Wilms tumor, but to us, it was our worst nightmare coming true,'' an emotional Solder said at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation event. "Maybe part of our purpose, that a brand new child getting cancer, was because tomorrow somebody else will receive the exact same news. Maybe knowing someone else is going through the same thing, you can be a source of comfort and strength."
After making the sad announcement, Solder tweeted out some adorable images of a smiling Hudson, who still has 15 chemotherapy treatments remaining.
Solder is currently out for the season with a biceps injury. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014 and treated before the NFL season, but started every game last year, and the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.
In April, he spoke to reporters about his battle for National Testicular Cancer Awareness month.
Though the situation is certainly very unfortunate, Solder and his wife are hopeful that they can continue to use his popularity as an NFL player to raise awareness for childhood cancers, just as they did at Monday's Joe Andruzzi Foundation event.
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