Fighting cancer a community effort


Photo by Bryant Altizer
Eric Burdette was diagnosed with Stage IIA Hodgkin’s Lymphoma following an X-ray for a rib injury he incurred during a football game. He was crowned Homecoming King during halftime of the James River game Friday, Sept. 23. Also pictured is Homecoming Queen Baliee Cox.

A Radford senior’s diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma attracts support from all over.


Sam Wall
editor@ourvalley.org

When Radford High School senior Eric Burdette went to Med Express for an X-ray following an injury he incurred during a football game, he thought he might have cracked a few ribs.

His ribs were only bruised, but doctors told him that there was a mass in his chest that was possibly cancerous.

A few days later, his parents Randy and Debbie Burdette, came to the school to tell him that he had Stage IIA Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“My parent’s took me into the conference room to tell me that they’d received the call,” he said. “I’d been preparing for it, because they…



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