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Football rivals put aside differences to support cheerleader fighting cancer

Football rivals put aside differences to support cheerleader fighting cancer


ECT NEXT WEEK. LIKE IT IS REALLY OVERWHELMING BUT IT’S SUPPORT AND I’M THANKFUL FOR IT. ALL NEW AT 11, TWO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RIVALS IN THE SOUTHERN TIER, PUT ASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES… TO RALLY AROUND A CHEERLEADER, WHO’S BEEN DEALT A CRUSHING BLOW. MEET HEIDI STURDEVANT STUR-DE-VENT … THE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR HAD HER LIFE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BY A CANCER DIAGNOSIS… BUT AS 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER JEFF RUSACK TELLS US, BOTH SIDELINES — AND ALL THE COMMUNITIES INVOLVED IN THE GAME TONIGHT — ARE SHOWING THEY’RE ALL ‘HEIDI STRONG.’ UNDER THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, TWO RIVALS, GO HEAD TO HEAD. HEIDI’S DAD 12:39 :06 SOMETIMES YOU SEE A FEW EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS HERE, THAT’S HOW BIG THIS RIVALRY IS. IT GETS REALLY HEATED. THE MATCHUP BETWEEN CUBA-RUSHFORD AND BOLIVAR-RICHBURG NORMALLY PITS THE TWO COMMUNITIES AGAINST EACH OTHER. BUT FRIDAY NIGHT — WAS A DIFFERENT STORY. FAMILY FRIEND :36 :13 IT’S SORT OF A FRIENDLY MATCHUP AND LETTING THESE KIDS KNOW THAT IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SCHOOL YOU’RE FROM, WHAT YOUR COLORS ARE, SOMETIME IN LIFE EVERYBODY IS GOING TO FACE AN ADVERSITY AND HAVE TO BATTLE SOMETHING. ONE CHEERLEADER FROM BOLIVAR- RICHBURG KNOWS THAT ALL TOO WELL. HEIDI 10:39 :04 IT’S STAGE FOUR HODGKINS LYMPHOMA. HEIDI STURDEVANT GOT THAT DIAGNOSIS IN JULY, RIGHT BEFORE HER 16TH BIRTHDAY. 28:41 WHEN WE GOT THAT NEWS IT WAS DEVASTATING OBVIOUSLY. THE JUNIOR IS RECEIVING CHEMOTHERAPY AT ROSWELL PARK, AND WILL SOON NEED RADIATION. HEIDI’S FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE WATCHING THE GAME WORE PURPLE. THE COLOR REPRESENTS THE FIGHT AGAINST HODGKINS LYMPHOMA. BUT THE BIGGEST SHOW OF SUPPORT, CAME BEFORE THE GAME: THE RIVAL SQUADS, COMING TOGETHER. 11:29 :03 LIKE IT IS REALLY OVERWHELMING BUT IT’S SUPPORT AND I’M THANKFUL FOR IT. SIDE BY SIDE EACH FOOTBALL PLAYER, PRESENTED HEIDI WITH A ROSE. 11:08 :07 IT’S REALLY NICE AND LIKE ESPECIALLY THE BOLIVAR BOYS BECAUSE THEY KNOW ME SO THEY KEPT SAYING COMMENTS TO ME AND IT’S REALLY NICE. HEIDI MAY HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF HER… BUT BEHIND HER SHE HAS MORE SUPPORT THAN SHE COULD EVER KNOW. IN CUBA JEFF RUSACK 7 EWN.

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