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Warriors strengthened by 6-year-old's leukemia battle


2:18 PM, Nov. 08, 2012 EST

Winamac's Tyler Katschke carries the ball during a game earlier this season. / Journal & Courier

From a little brother's cancer diagnoses to dealing with an arrest, these high school players are overcoming all kinds of obstacles.

Winamac football drawing strength from 6-year-old's leukemia battle

As senior right tackle Gavin Fulmer entered the state tournament, his little brother Cooper began his own battle -- with leukemia. The unexpected diagnosis came the week of the Winamac (Ind.) football team's senior night.

The 6-year-old's fight has brought an already close-knit football team even closer.

"They probably won't tell you this, but I think they care about each other now," said head coach Tim Roth.

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Football players at East Lee face real-life obstacles

Most high school football players have enough to worry about with playoffs on the horizon. These East Lee County (Fla.) atheltes are facing additional roadblocks. Defensive back Skartz Pierre is just happy to be playing after missing his junior season due to an arrest.

As for his teammate Omaris Tolbert, he credits football with keeping him on the right path after his father was murdered in 2003.

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Buckeye Central senior Kendra Schultz won't stop for diabetes

Buckeye Central (New Washington, Ohio) senior volleyball player Kendra Schultz's uniform is slightly different than her teammates'. Tucked inside is an insulin pump connected to a 24-inch tube.

Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 7, Schultz doesn't take living an active, healthy lifestyle for granted; she is on constant alert.

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Plane crash survivor from Indiana cleared for some drills

What may seem like a small step for most is a milestone for someone who has spent time in a drug-induced coma.

After surviving a plane crash that killed his father and stepmother, Indiana high school basketball standout Austin Hatch has been cleared to take part in team drills.

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