North Adams community rallies around 11-year-old with brain tumor

North Adams community rallies around 11-year-old with brain tumor

ADAMS COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Community members in North Adams are rallying behind an 11-year-old football player as he is currently undergoing surgery to remove a mass from his brain.

Drew Reid went to the doctor last week after suffering from headaches. He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital where doctors discovered a mass on the 11-year-old's brain, according to North Adams High school's varsity football coach Justin Schmitz.

"You about to fall out of your chair," Drew's father, Brandon, said. "Every parent's worst nightmare."

Doctors were successfully able to relieve fluid to ease Drew's headaches on Monday. The second operation began Friday at 7:45 a.m. to hopefully remove the mass. At the same time as the operation Friday morning, supporters gathered at North Adams High School, Peebles High School and West Union High School to pray for Drew.

"He's smart, he understands," Drew's mom, Melana, said. "He knows about as much of it as we do. He know it's there and we need to get it out."

"It has truly been a blessing to see our communities pull together to support Drew and his family," Schmitz said.

Earlier this week Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis called Drew to wish him the best of luck through his fight.

FOX19 NOW will update this story as soon as information on his condition is released.

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