October 19, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Chase Casper of Lake Preston, S.D. returned back to the Trojan Field Saturday afternoon for a non-conference football game between Dakota State (S.D.) and Briar Cliff (Iowa). He was the honorary captain for the Trojan Football as he conducted the coin toss for the annual 'Rushing for a Cure' football game.
Casper was recruited by Dakota State University as a redshirt wide receiver. While at DSU, he had two concussions and decided to step away from the game. In the fall of 2012, Casper had a new challenge.
Chase's story began about a week before Thanksgiving when he was complaining that his lips were numb, jaw was sore and teeth hurt, all at just random times, no triggers or anything. He went to the dentist first for ex-rays, looking for a cavity or abscess.
Then he went to the orthodontist. Next, he made a stop at the local clinic and thought his sinuses were causing the discomfort. All this in a period of four weeks, while attending classes at DSU and preparing for finals. When he came home in Lake Preston after finals, the local physician assistant (PA) took another look at him and found a large mass of lymph nodes on his neck, and a small one on his cheek and behind his ear. This got the ball rolling with a trip to De Smet for blood work, a stop at the Brookings emergency room and at Sanford Children's Hospital diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Casper is currently in the Maintenance Phase, which is an 84-day treatment plan. This phase should allow him to transition into some normalcy. He is still fighting cancer and dealing with his type 1 diabetes. The Casper family put this new game plan (#GameOn) in place and make adjustments as needed. Chase is currently cancer free and will have to take 11 to 15 maintenance phases.
You can visit Chase's Caringbridge page on http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chasecasper. Game On!
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director