Imagine being 12 years old again; it's a time when most of us were full of energy, healthy and enjoying life with no worry. Now imagine being 12 years old and all of sudden doctors diagnose you with a life threatening disease. That's what doctors told a 7th grade athlete from the Brazos County town of Edge.
"You don't really understand the impact until you've really walked a mile in someone else's shoes,” said Edge resident Theresa Bordeau.
If you're in pursuit of peace of mind then take a short drive down Farm to Market road 974 in Brazos County and continue heading east -- eventually you'll find it -- in Edge.
The locals are the backbone of this tiny community that promises a simple life.
"We are a small faith-based community and we certainly take care of our people," said Edge resident Sara Jennings.
And if you're hungry, the locals insist that you make a pit-stop at the Edge General Store; there you'll have the chance to sink your teeth into the best burger in Brazos County. But for Ron Bordeau, the chef and owner of the General Store -- life for his family of three -- has been anything but simple.
“He had a big mass on the side of his neck and so we took him to the doctor,” said Theresa Bordeau, Tuesday afternoon.
In March, on Good Friday to be exact, Ron and Theresa’s only son, 12-year-old Ricky, would come face to face with a potentially deadly battle that most will never experience in a lifetime.
“They told me I was healthy, and then one minute, they tell me I have cancer; I have cancer of the lymphnodes,” Ricky said. “It's just weird you know…out of all the people, it's me, it just kind of hits you real hard.”
“When we found out, it just took the wind out of our sails,” Theresa added.
Ricky was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma and would require immediate medical attention. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of lymph tissue found in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow, and other sites. Doctors say, often times the first sign of Hodgin's lymphoma is a swollen lymph node, which appears without a known cause. The disease can spread to nearby lymph nodes. Later it may spread to the spleen, liver, bone marrow, or other organs.
"It was just test after test,” said Theresa. "Luckily we caught it before it spread to his heart."
Treatment would require invasive surgery and a minimum of three months of chemotherapy at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston; Wednesday Ricky began his first round of chemo.
“It’s heartbreaking to see, because Ricky is usually running around everywhere,” said family friend Sara Jennings. "No parent wants their children to ever go through any untold pain or misery and I know if Theresa and Ron could, they would endure this pain for him, but unfortunately they can't."
With unwavering support from home -- the Bordeau's say it's the silent words that lift their heavy, yet hopeful hearts.
"We've been blessed; they've certainly softened the blow with their generosity," said Theresa. “Ricky has prayer chains going right now all over the world.”
With a community rallying behind Ricky during his journey into the unknown, family friend Sara Jennings believes the power of a strong community full of faith will in time bring Ricky back home.
"We might not understand what that is, and we might not ever understand in this life, but we have to keep that faith and at some point, we will understand. God is in control,” said Jennings.
On Saturday a BBQ benefit is being held to help offset medical bills.
Where: Edge Community Center
7628 Edge School House Road
Time: 10 a.m.
What: Delicious BBQ for $10; live and silent auction as well as live music.
Monetary donations may be sent to: Edge Community Center; c/o Bonnie Harrison; 16916 Old Bundick Road; Hearne, TX 77859. In the memo line please write: for Ricky Bordeau.
For more information, contact Sara Jennings at (979) 218-5471