‘Rally for Rio’ golf tourney tees off Saturday; Cantu begins new cancer treatment

Rio with his grandfather after graduation. Photo courtesy of the Cantu family

Rio with his grandfather after graduation. Photo courtesy of the Cantu family

Courtesy of the Glen Rose News

Rio Cantu, the 18-year-old recent Glen Rose High School graduate who has been battling cancer for several years, has been approved to receive a “targeted therapy” program at Houston’s renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

M.D. Anderson has established a Center for Targeted Therapy, one of six such facilities in its McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Center. It combines personalized medicine with molecularly targeted therapy and new technologies.

“We start this week,” Rio’s mother, Blanca, posted on the “Rally for Rio” Facebook page on Monday.

“Prayer warriors needed for Rio right now,” she added in another post.

Rio was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2011. After undergoing treatment, Rio was told he was cancer-free. But a scan last week at M.D. Anderson revealed that Rio’s cancer had returned on his right side.

Rio’s mother, Blanca, disclosed the news on the “Rally for Rio” Facebook page.

“We need all prayer warriors to pray harder than we have ever prayed before,” she posted. “The battle just got harder and I know God has a plan for Rio and with him everything is possible.

“Rio is a fighter and the strongest person I know, so like he said yesterday, ‘Mom, we got this God (who) is in control and I know I am going to be OK,” Blanca added in her post. “Again, please keep the prayers coming.”

The “Grip It and Rip It for Rio” Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, to help Rio and his parents, Johnny and Blanca Fuentes Cantu. The event will be held at Squaw Valley Golf Course at 9 a.m. It includes food, prizes, a silent and live auction and a lunch provided by Hard 8 BBQ.

To play or sponsor or hole, or to contribute, call Joni Elliott Berry at 817-219-4859, Steve Berry at 817-408-7030 or Paul Phillips at 817-480-9497.

For more information, see the “Rally for Rio” Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/321743184529496/.

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