In the past month, Jeb Schroder has had some great moments: meeting an iconic Colorado Rockies baseball star; attending a Rockies game and watching it from a VIP box; playing catch before the game with current Rockies players.
Heady stuff for a 19-year-old athlete who played and starred as a pitcher and third baseman for Springfield High School in rural Baca County, far from the bright lights of Coors Field and the busy streets of Denver. But the shining moments came at a heavy price. Jeb Schroder has spent the last six months in an unexpected fight against testicular cancer that spread to his lungs.
Jeb and his extended family are cautiously optimistic after an ordeal that included four one-week-long cycles of chemotherapy at University of Colorado Hospital. He said the chemo “felt like having battery acid” running through him, and at one point it caused a severe reaction. Losing his hair during chemo was tougher to take than he’d thought.