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Warriors show their colors for cancer patient

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Waccamaw High’s basketball teams have started wearing black warm-ups with “Treystrong” in pink letters when they take the court.

The warm-ups are to show unity with Trey Busby, youngest son of Waccamaw girls coach Marion Busby and brother of Warrior shooting guard Justin Busby, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in August.

The teams will unveil the warm-ups at home on Friday against Andrews, and it will be “Treystrong Night” with fans encouraged to wear their own T-shirts or buy one at the game. Cathy Saxton, a friend of the Busby family, began printing and selling short-sleeved tees as a fund-raiser months ago.

Trey has seen the Warrior teams in the long-sleeved, black, silky shirts — they have “Be Great” printed in pink letters on the back — warming up for road games at Socastee, Georgetown and Carvers Bay. “He likes it,” his mother, Melanie, said. “He thought they were cool. Everybody likes how the pink is so bright.”

Trey came to Waccamaw’s game at Georgetown High on Friday straight from the Medical University of South Carolina. He spent the day preparing for radiation treatment to shrink his last two tumors. They are all that’s left after he finished chemotherapy. Melanie Busby said doctors gave the OK for them to sit in the stands at basketball games. If it’s crowded, she said, Trey will wear a mask to limit his exposure to germs.

“He’s been a trooper,” coach Busby said of his son. “He hasn’t complained, just rolls with the flow.”

At Carvers Bay, students gave Trey a get-well chain with 300 links, all in Waccamaw’s red and black colors. They also gave the family a donation to help cover the cost of his treatments and travel.

Trey went on the Georgetown court at halftime to shoot baskets with other kids, and he has signed up for recreation league basketball. He will return to Waccamaw Intermediate School as soon as he finishes his radiation treatments, his mother said.

The Waccamaw basketball teams are trying hard to win for Trey, according to coach Busby. “I wish I wasn’t the one in that situation,” he said. “It’s hard sleeping at night.”

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