By Rob McDaniel
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
When Treston Rudder, 16, of London was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Cell Tumors, a rare form of cancer, friends and family were devastated.
Rudder, who showed no symptoms of illness, was diagnosed after a routine check-up and is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
“They did a CT scan on May 20 and on May 25, the masses were confirmed,” said his mother, Angela Rudder. “There are round tumors that go from the pelvic bone to the rib cage. It is very rare and rapidly moving.”
According to Angela, Treston will have to undergo seven rounds of chemotherapy treatments, each three weeks apart. The family expects that eventually Treston will have to have surgery and then radiation.
But the illness has not dampened Treston's spirit.
“He kept telling us, ‘I don’t know what you’re worried about. I’m going to be fine,’” his mother said.
Tim Rudder, his father, said Treston is in high spirits and refuses to let the illness keep him down.
“Treston will be home Friday afternoon,” his father said. “He’ll probably get here and go straight to the pond to go fishing. We can’t keep him still; he’s always wanting to be outside doing something. He’s got the best attitude there ever was. He says he’ll be fine; it doesn’t worry him at all.”
Treston, an avid sportsman, loves being outdoors. His favorite hobbies are hunting and fishing. On a normal summer day, he leaves home at daylight and will stay out fishing all day.
“He loves to fish,” Tim said. “If there’s a body of water around, he’d walk two or three miles to get there just so he could fish.”
Treston is a member of the fishing team at North Laurel High School. He has participated in several school fishing tournaments, but has never placed in any of them. That’s unimportant to Treston, because he doesn’t care about trophies; he’s simply in it for his love of fishing.
In addition to fishing, Treston enjoys hunting with his father.
“We hunt deer, turkey and rabbits,” his father said. “He’s probably killed as many deer as I have. I’ve been taking him since he was in diapers. I used to grab a blanket and some toys and just let him play while I hunted. I killed several deer with him sitting there with me.”
Treston’s father describes him as a hard working person.
“He’s the type of person that wants to work,” Tim said. “He has a buddy across the street that has a roofing business. He helps him out by packing shingles up ladders and doing whatever work needs to be done. He’s just a really good kid that wants to work hard and have fun outdoors.”
Family and friends are showing Treston a tremendous amount of support, whether by words of encouragement or by organizing fundraisers and benefits for him.
“We’ve received more support than you can ever imagine,” Tim said. “People have went above and beyond what we ever expected. People we don’t even know are showing Treston support. It’s shocking really.”
Treston is expected to continue his next round of chemotherapy treatment July 1 and July 2 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
There will be a fish fry fundraiser for Treston at 3 p.m. on June 29 at the National Guard Armory. All proceeds will go to the Rudder family.