Sep 7, 2014 8:20 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos
Drivers at the Silver Dollar Speedway did more than just race on the track. They played kickball. This is the 2nd year race car driver Jeff Gordon's children's foundation hosted "Kick it to Cancer" kickball game. The celebrity kickball game featured some of the "World of Outlaw" and "Gold Cup" drivers.
The MVP of the game wasn't a racecar driver. It was Isaac Riggs. He threw out the first pitch. Isaac's been battling cancer for 2 years. With his family being such a big part of the Paradise community, it's no wonder that community is doing all they can to help out.
Just weeks before his graduation, Isaac was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma a malignant brain tumor that originates in the cerebellum.
The tumor wasn't easy to catch. for nearly two years Isaac was seeing specialists because of nausea, vomiting, debilitating pain and vertigo.
mother's intuition along with a background in the medical field are what lead to catching the tumor. his mother Jamie Riggs is an LVN, she fought for the CT scan.
what they found was tumor the size of a golf ball in the back of Isaac's brain. Isaac was life-flighted to Stanford hospital where he underwent more than 10 hours of brain surgery. Because doctors weren't able to successfully remove all of the tumor Isaac underwent 30 rounds of radiation over a 6 week period.
With insurance only covering part of the medical costs, the riggs family is looking at bills upwards of 300 thousand dollars.
So they started a go fund me account.
While signs of the tumor have cleared, Isaac's battle isn't over. the outpouring of support helps keep the riggs family optimistic about the days to come.
Isaac's been on a break from treatments to help heal and gain some of his strength back.
Monday he starts chemotherapy which should last around 8 months.
If you want to donate to the Briggs family, you can visit their fundraising page.