JUCO Cancer Survivor Honored

For some the Junior College World Series is more than just baseball and it was proven Monday night as one player was honored with an award in memory of a late JUCO Committee Member who died of cancer.

Committee member Dan Cummings was just 33 when he passed away from cancer in June 2006, leaving behind a wife and two children and on Monday the first ever Dan Cummings Profile in Courage Award was handed out.

The recipient, Shelton State sophomore pitcher Justin Hollis, was diagnosed with cancer this past winter and after putting baseball on hold for chemotherapy treatments, he's back on the bench supporting the Shelton State Bucs.

The pitcher's family was flown into Grand Junction for Monday's award ceremony and with winning the first annual Dan Cummings Profile in Courage Award, Hollis says he has the strength to get back on the mound.

"I'm hoping this summer to get back in shape so we can get back here next year and I can pitch in front of these people," Hollis said.

Hollis has had plenty of support from teammates some of whom shaved their heads while he was getting chemotherapy treatments.

But he says he's itching to pitch again, saying he'd be more comfortable throwing in front of thousands of people, rather than talking in front of thousands.