He'll turn 15 in two weeks, and he's already battling something as big as cancer, but Bryan High's Garrett Maliska has a lot of people backing him.
"He will always stay on our roster. There's never going to be another person to wear the number 21," said Ken Danford on Saturday. Danford is Garrett Maliska's longtime baseball coach.
Maliska is a teen who didn't ask for any of this, not his disease, not the fundraiser his supporters organized for him.
"He doesn't like to be in the limelight right now, and it can be sometimes overwhelming," said his aunt Sharon Malazzo.
The community is rallying around Garrett. The Bryan High freshman was diagnosed with cancer in March.
A week and a half later, his friends shaved their heads in solidarity.
Saturday, hundreds of people bought tickets to a barbeque benefit and silent auction in Garrett's honor.
"This is just a testimony to the people of this city. They love Garrett. We all love Garrett," said Danford.
"I wouldn't expect anything less," said one of the event's organizers, Stephanie Manry.
Even people who didn't really know Garrett came out to help him.
"There's a lot of people rooting for him. They're praying, they're hoping, they're willing to give their time and money, anything to help," said Vanessa Shumate.
Saturday, everyone was digging in and lining up for a little guy who's been through a lot.
"My heart goes out to that family. He's 14 years old. It just breaks my heart. I wanna do what I can for him," said Shumate.
"I want him to know that we're just here to help him as much as we can. We can't do a lot but we're doing as much as we can," said friend and teammate Cade Wood.
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