As he was preparing to try out for Fulton’s varsity track team last March, Tim Conners didn’t feel well.
He had competed in junior varsity wrestling and football, and the 6-foot-2, 220-pound sophomore was hoping to throw the discus for the varsity track team in the spring.
That never happened.
The first week of April, the 15-year-old youngest son of longtime Fulton football and wrestling coach Mike Conners was checked into Upstate Medical Center for tests.
On April 3, Tim was admitted to Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, located on the top two floors of the building. There, he was diagnosed with leukemia.
In the four months since, the Conners family — Tim, Mike Jr., 19, Mike Sr. and mother, Betsy — has been battling the disease.
First came three months of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Tim underwent spinal taps and was also given steroids to build strength. The constant treatment so far hasn’t resulted in much, if any, progress.
Tim’s condition worsened last month, to the point where his eyesight started to deteriorate. By July 20, Tim was nearly blind. The following week, Tim underwent eye surgery in hopes of saving what is left of his sight. All he sees now are shadows.