UOP baseball player is 1st NCAA Division I player to have liver transplant

Ever since he was a toddler, Jackson Vaughan braved huge odds against him. The 3-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and underwent chemotherapy and two liver transplants. The Central Valley native is now going against the grain again, becoming the first NCAA Division I baseball player to have a liver transplant. According to the stories of his coaches and teammates, Vaughan is a great pitcher. “He’s got something special and we knew it from the start because he has things you can’t learn,” said Dan Jaffe, a pitching coach for the University of the Pacific baseball team. What sets Vaughan apart is his drive, as Hayden Pearce, another pitcher for the team, explains. “Never stop, keep fighting. The sea is going to get rough, that’s for sure, but someone has to get through,” Vaughan said. The Bakersfield resident said he nearly died, but a Stanford Children’s health doctor refused to give up. “He looked over my bed and saw like a little Polaroid picture of me playing with a plastic dinosaur, and said, ‘I’m going to fight for this kid,’” Vaughan said. While Vaughan doesn’t remember much of his battle with cancer, he said the love and support of his family helped him build hope as he grew up, but he does remember his first sports movement. He had first tried tennis but said he was not good at it and moved on to baseball around the age of 8 or 9. Even then he said he wasn’t very good at it. Despite his initial struggle with it, he said he found a way to get better. The knowledge that he was lucky enough to have had two transplants added to his motivation. “I have to do my very best to show my gratitude, to show how grateful I am for this gift,” said Vaughan. With developed skill, he tried for the team at the University of California Santa Barbara, but said he was not chosen to participate. Undeterred, Vaughan decided to play at Delta College in Stockton, where he had been spotted by the UOP team. The 21-year-old player is now a junior at UOP and is studying geology, where he scores an average of 4.0 points. He is now on a mission to beat the odds again. “The chances of surviving stage 4 liver cancer at age 3, with two heart attacks with 46 minutes of cardiac arrest, are pretty slim. The chances of making it to MLB are pretty slim. “Vaughan said. Vaughan said he is at greater risk of developing melanoma. With that in mind, he makes sure to protect himself with sunblock. His cancer is in remission and he’s healthy.”

Ever since he was a toddler, Jackson Vaughan braved huge odds against him. Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, she underwent 3-year chemotherapy and two liver transplants.

The Central Valley native is now going against the grain again, becoming the first NCAA Division I baseball player to have a liver transplant.

According to the stories of his coaches and teammates, Vaughan is a great pitcher.

“He’s got something special and we knew it from the start because he has things you can’t learn,” said Dan Jaffe, a pitching coach for the University of the Pacific baseball team.

What sets Vaughan apart is his drive, as Hayden Pearce, another pitcher for the team, tells us.

Never stop, keep fighting. No doubt the sea will get rough, but someone’s got to get through, ”Vaughan said.

The Bakersfield resident said he nearly died, but a Stanford Children’s health doctor refused to give up.

“He looked over my bed and saw like a little Polaroid picture of me playing with a plastic dinosaur, and said, ‘I’m going to fight for this boy,’” Vaughan said.

While Vaughan doesn’t remember much of his battle with cancer, he said the love and support of his family helped him build hope as he grew up.

However, he remembers his first sports swing. He had first tried tennis but said he was not good at it and moved on to baseball around the age of 8 or 9. Even then he said he wasn’t very good at it.

Despite his initial struggle with it, he said he found a way to get better. Knowing that he was lucky enough to have received two transplants added to his motivation.

“I have to do my very best to show my gratitude, to show how grateful I am for this gift,” said Vaughan.

With developed skill, he tried for the University of California Santa Barbara team, but said he was not selected to participate. Undeterred, Vaughan decided to play at Delta College in Stockton, where he had been spotted by the UOP team.

The 21-year-old player is now a junior at UOP and is studying geology, where he has an average of 4.0 points. He is now on a mission to beat the odds again.

“The chances of surviving stage 4 liver cancer at age 3, with two heart attacks with 46 minutes of cardiac arrest, are pretty slim. The chances of making it to MLB are pretty slim. Vaughan.

Vaughan said he has a higher risk of developing melanoma. With that in mind, he makes sure to protect himself with sunblock. His cancer is in remission and he is healthy.

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