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East Texas teen played entire basketball season while battling cancer; 'She didn't want to let her team down'


A high school basketball tournament at UT Tyler Saturday, was about much more than the players on the court.

The tournament was held in honor of Macy Chenevert, a former student and basketball star at Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School.

Macy was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer and in died in April of 2005

Through chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Macy never missed a practice or game.

Macy's parents Steven and Becky Chenevert, sat in the stands to watch the tournament, like they did many years ago with their only child Macy, who played an entire basketball season all while battling cancer.

"She was determined not to miss any games. We had to schedule the chemotherapy around the basketball schedule because she wouldn't let the team down," said Steve, Macy's father.

"We forgot all the time that she had cancer," said Katie Ruesewalt, one of Macy's former teammates and friends. "Even though she wore a beanie, and she didn't have any hair anymore, we always forgot she had cancer because of how hard she played."

Macy sported the black beanie during the season as she underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but her will to fight for both her life and on the court built her legacy.

"To say that her battle was courageous would be an understatement because she would get out on the court and be so weak and she would still run," said Steve. "When she didn't have 100% to give, she still gave what she had. She gave 100% of what she had."

That 100 percent effort made her the team leading scorer, as she never missed a game.

As new generations that play learn who Macy was, her former teammates that watch never forget who she is.

"Everyday we try to go out; We try to do the best that we can, and we try to have a smile on our face in everything that we do just like she did," said Ruesewalt. "We try to make other people laugh and turn our pain into something positive for other people like her."

At the end of the game, Steve and Becky Chenevert passed the trophies out to both teams during the award ceremony.

The Chenevert's and Bishop Gorman athletics hope to continue the tournament in the future.

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