Plymouth soccer player battles cancer, realizes how big his 'team' really is

Updated: November 02, 2019 10:56 AM

Update: Thomas Wichmann passed away after a courageous year-long fight with aggressive brain cancer on Oct. 27, 2019. 

On the soccer field, 13-year-old Thomas Wichmann has always been competitive.  And his parents are hoping he can beat what he's up against now.


"Thomas is known for being steady, hardworking, always there for his team," said hid dad, Nathan Wichmann.

In January, he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Since then, he has been going back and forth to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to participate in a clinical trial for a new type of chemotherapy plan.

He takes a chemotherapy pill one to two times a day, and then an additional drug called veliparib which is intended to enhance the chemo and radiation and prevent the cancer from regenerating.

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It's too early to know if it's working.

In the meantime, Thomas and his family are starting to see just how big their 'team' is.  Because Thomas loves soccer, people have been tracing their feet on paper and writing encouraging messages on them like "Keep Fighting," and "Kick Cancer."  He's received more than 2,000 so far from all over the world, from Italy to Iowa. 

Thomas' soccer association, the Tonka Fusion Elite, has added his soccer number, 65, and his image to the sleeves of their jerseys as a show of support.

"It's nice to know the coaches, the whole organization, they are all cheering him on," said Nathan.

The clinical trial goes for 10 cycles.Thomas and his dad are headed to Memphis Sunday for a scan. He will begin his fourth cycle this week.

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