They are teammates who share a bond that will last way past high school, and they will be connected forever because of their courage and determination in their fight against cancer.
Hanahan High School basketball players Chanler Cox and Jeremy Green are survivors, and their story isn't about points scored or wins and losses.
Their story is about friendship, dignity and leading by example. Cox battled with Ewing's sarcoma and won. Green battled Hodgkin's disease and won. They have key roles on the Hawks basketball team, but it involves more than Xs and Os.
"When it happened to Chanler, it definitely was an eye-opener," Hanahan coach Chris Pope said. "We talked and prayed for him. We made T-shirts for him. It made the kids realize how lucky they are to play high school sports. You never know. And then we get word about Jeremy."
Cox was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma shortly after the 2007-08 school year began. Ewing's sarcoma is a malignant round-cell tumor. It is a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue. Doctors found it on Cox's heel.
Last February, Green transferred from First Baptist, and soon after, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system.
"When I met Chanler and found out about his condition, I thought, 'Wow, it must be tough on him,' " Green said. "When I found I had Hodgkin's, it crossed my mind that we were supposed to meet."
Cox is one of the hardest workers on the team but had little energy in October 2007. Even shootarounds took a toll on his body. He missed all of the basketball season and tried to play baseball. But his season lasted three games because his heel blistered.
In late 2008, Cox finished a year's worth of chemotherapy and direct radiation.
Green's road to recovery also was a physical test. He underwent chemotherapy and antibiotic treatments.
"When I found out I had Hodgkin's, I first thought it was something only older people get," Green said. "I did a lot of research. I was pretty shocked, because I hadn't heard of anyone having it as a kid. I was shocked. I just hoped everything would turn out OK."
It did turn out OK, and the players returned to the sport they love to play.
"Both players have been extremely good roles models because neither one approached me about the hard work," Pope said. "Neither one missed one sprint, one anything. They wanted to have senior seasons worth remembering. It's been really impressive to see how hard they work."
But the best part is to experience the bond between the two players.
"I'll support him in any way," Cox said of Green. "If anyone knew what he went through, it's me. I trust him in any situation. He's a good friend. I trust what he says on and off the court. I'm on his side."