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Baseball has been my entire life, from the time I could walk, Gibis said. I remember going to all my brother’s games when I was little. My dad played his whole life. I’ve pretty much lived and breathed baseball my entire life. There is nothing that I would rather do. And it’s been my dream to play in college.

Earlier this month, Gibis, a catcher who made the varsity at Wauconda as a sophomore one year before his health issues turned his life upside down, took the first steps on the comeback trail. He announced that he will be playing baseball next year at Madison College, a community college in Madison, Wis.

I just thought it was from all the catching I was doing. I thought it was sore muscles, Gibis said. Then it woke me up one night, and I felt like I could barely move. I told my parents that we needed to go to the emergency room right away.

I knew something was really wrong.

At one point, he was so sick from the radiation and chemotherapy that eating was difficult. His esophagus was literally burned from the treatments. So he went a month and a half without putting any real food into his mouth, sustained only by the IV connected to the port in his chest.

At graduation, they’re always telling everybody not to clap until then end. But when I walked up, the entire student body went crazy, Gibis said. It was kind of embarassing, but I actually loved it. It was so awesome to be able to do that.

Besides caring friends and classmates at Wauconda, Gibis has had a strong inner circle support system that has included his brother, his parents Jan and Ryan and his girlfriend Gabby Fugle, a former Wauconda student who now plays volleyball at Harper College.

A few months ago, he was cleared to start working out again. So in December, he hooked up with trainer Steve Drain out of Pro Player in McHenry. Drain has worked with Gibis on everything from weight-lifting to conditioning to position work and hitting.

To this day, Brandon says that coach Davenport is one of the best coaches he’s ever had, Gibis said. Madison is a good school and the baseball program is really good and they really want to work with you to help you get to the next level. I really wanted to go there and when I started playing again, I knew I had to get in touch with the coaches there.

So Gibis will continue to work out this spring and summer and plans to leave for Madison in August. Stronger and healthier every day, his only noticable physical remnant from his ordeal is the port in his chest that he is scheduled to get removed later this month.

I know that myself from back at the beginning of all this would be really happy with myself right now, Gibis said. I’m still dealing with the aftereffects of the chemo and radiation, and the fight isn’t over yet, but I am happy with where I’m at.

You can’t be considered cancer-free until five years, but the doctors have told me that I’ve beaten this. And I’m playing baseball again. I’m happy. Whenever I got down during all those days of treatment, I would always look to this day and now I’m here. I will never take for granted stepping on the field again.