SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Jaxon Guthrie of Scottsboro is like any other nine year old boy, he loves sports. He says his favorites are “Football or baseball.” And his favorite team, the Alabama Crimson Tide. That’s why Window World, Alabama Athletics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are giving him and his family a Crimson Wish. They’re sending Jaxon and his family to Tuscaloosa Saturday for a game day they’ll never forget. When asked what he’s looking most forward to, he smiled and said, “Probably meeting the players.” Johnathan Allen is his favorite. He’s also hoping to meet Coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.
When Jaxon was five, he was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a type of kidney cancer. “There was a nodule around the kidney that had a tumor so they had to remove it as well and then his lungs also had spots,” Laura Guthrie, Jaxon’s mom, told us. The cancer had spread. He spent a total of 10 weeks undergoing chemotherapy and radiation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and in Huntsville.
He doesn’t really like talking about that. “Forgot it,” he told me. His mom added, “He’s tried to block it out.” And you can’t blame him. Cancer isn’t something you want to see anyone have to battle, but when it’s a kid, that can be heartbreaking.
He’s been in remission for three and a half years now. Still, they worry. “He gets scanned every six months and when scan date comes around, I get nervous until we get those results,” his mother say, “Yeah, cause you never know. “
One thing we do know, Saturday’s trip to T-town will be a day to remember. Jaxon and his family will be recognized on the field before the game. They’ll get a guided tour of the athletic facilities, Bryant Museum and enjoy a private tailgate before the game. And look for them on the Jumbo-trons before kickoff. Jaxon’s looking forward to being down on the field at Bryant Denny stadium before the game where he hopes to meet some of his heroes, including Big Al.