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Senior battling tumor gets boost with Centennial softball

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Updated: 5/06/2013 9:51 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Local high school seniors have their sights set on graduation, which is about a month away.

But one senior at Centennial High School can only take life one day at a time.

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Kassidy Merritt is battling a brain tumor, most of the day she's getting medicine through a tube that connects from her body into a backpack. Sometimes this keeps her from doing what she loves, playing softball.

She started playing the game as a little girl, but two years ago that all changed when she found out she had a brain tumor. Doctors say it is inoperable.

“When I first got diagnosed, I didn't want to lose softball in my life,” Kassidy said, “so I just came down and I supported and I just kind of helped out the coaches.”

The Centennial softball team even gave her an at-bat during Friday’s game.

Although Kassidy struck out, just the sight of her swinging away was more than enough for her mom.

“To see her walk on that dirt means the world to me,” Massiel Merritt said. “It really does.”

For Kassidy, the experience was one she says she's waited so long to have again.

“It felt like it's just been a long time, felt like it felt like I was a normal kid,” she said. “It's just nice to have a break from what you're going through in your daily life.”

Treatment for Kassidy's brain tumor runs in the thousands of dollars a month.
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