HOWARD — A second setback in less than five months’ time has befallen one local youth. But leave it to the East Knox community to provide an emotional lift when things get tough.
East Knox High School freshman Colton Frost, 14, had been in a 4-wheeler accident on Aug. 23 being hit by a deer and was in a coma for nine days. The community then rallied behind Colton, conducting fundraisers to help his family with medical expenses while also attempting to lift Colton’s spirits.
T-shirts were sold that read “Frosty Outdoors” on the front, as Frosty was a nickname Colton’s friends use for him. Other fundraisers included selling wristbands, a dinner and auction also took place at Bladensburg Elementary School.
“They just had a great outpouring for him and his family,” said Deena Rager following all the support shown for Colton who returned home shortly thereafter and was soon able to go back to school.
Another obstacle then confronted Colton when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer on Jan. 2. Osteosarcoma is a cancer of the bones and is the eighth most common childhood cancer. Doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus said the cancer is in the femur bone of Colton’s left leg. Colton has already taken one chemotherapy treatment. Further treatments are scheduled to follow for 10 weeks before surgery will take place on his leg.
As a way of showing support for Colton, all his family members shaved their heads following his first chemo treatment. “It kind of grew from there,” said his father, Todd Frost, as students at EKHS picked up on the idea and began shaving their heads in support of Colton as well.
One of his friends who participated in the head shaving was Wyatt Faith. “We wanted to make sure that Colton didn’t feel that he was weird because the chemotherapy took off all his hair,” said Faith, who was among one of many who broke out the T-shirts they purchased last fall and started wearing it again.
Also participating in the head shaving was EKHS Principal Don Sullivan. “The kids organized this without any adult at the school. They took it upon themselves,” said Sullivan of the students’ efforts. “That young man has been through more than any 14-year-old should ever have to go through. He’s as positive as any young man that I’ve had the pleasure to get to know and have as a student.”
Colton’s family members were quick to voice their appreciation of the community’s efforts. “He’s doing pretty good. He’s taking it like a man; I’m pretty impressed with him,” said Todd, who was also impressed with the gesture of support his friends at school are showing.
“It means a lot. There is enough bad in this world. It’s good to see people pull together and do something without asking for anything in return,” he said. “The community of Bladensburg has been unreal. It’s amazing for such a small community. I can’t tip my hat enough to them.”
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