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3 students battling cancer in Farmington HS band

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) -

Battling cancer can take a lot out of anyone who’s dealing with it, but three students in Farmington, Missouri are choosing to play it by the beat.

Trevor Gilbert and Ryan Seger were getting ready to begin their freshmen year of high school, when they each realized something was wrong.

“The whole month of January was just suffering from home," Gilbert said.

“I felt good I just used the bathroom and there was blood," Seger said emotionally.

Gilbert was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. He said somehow he stayed strong after the doctor delivered the news.

“We really didn’t have a terrible reaction, it was kind of like, Okay, I have cancer," he said.

Seger said he didn’t react as well to the news that he was living with stomach and colon cancer.

“I was in a deep stage of depression," he said.

Seger fought his way out of depression and found comfort in something they both love, band.

Gilbert plays the tuba, while Seger plays the trumpet.

“I’ll be able to get better as I was before cancer and probably even better, a lot better," Seger said.

“It keeps us going, it keeps us motivated," Gilbert said. "It’s something to take out mind off of everything and just have fun with it, because as much as it’s hard and how much practice it requires, it’s still the fun you could do!”

Ryan’s mom, Natalie Seger, is a breast cancer survivor. She said through her own cancer journey, her son has given her a new outlook on truly becoming a survivor.

“He taught me to be stronger than I ever knew I was," Natalie Seger said.

The third member of the trio, Deavynn Wood, is battling sinus cancer and is finishing up treatment. The guys said they couldn’t be happier for her.

“Congratulations, I will be joining you in the completion club in May," Gilbert said.

"Congratulations!,” Seger said.

To help out the families, you can visit their GoFundMe.  

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