Some days it's tough for Carlos Vazquez to smile. Some moments are actually difficult for the Costa Mesa High incoming senior, especially whenever football is mentioned.
But Saturday wasn't meant to be sad. Vazquez was seen smiling, happy to see the support for him.
Two months ago, Vasquez was diagnosed with leukemia. His life changed. It doesn't feel normal, he says.
Support from the Costa Mesa football team has helped. The Mustangs, their coach Jeremy Osso and the team's boosters put on "Cutting for Carlos," a special fundraiser for Vazquez at Costa Mesa High on Saturday morning.
Osso was impressed with the turnout, as players from Calvary Chapel and Edison also came to have their hair cut, shaved to have the buzz look.
Vazquez doesn't have much hair either, but not by choice. He recently went through a round of chemotherapy. He said doctors told him he will need to go through more during the next eight months. The thought of that is painful enough for him. But he's deeply disappointed that he won't play football this season.