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Son Wins Fight On Field As Mother Wins Fight With Cancer

Cheering with all of the energy of a 14-year-old, you would never know that just months ago Laura Kidder faced a deadly illness.

"Oh man," Laura said. "I spent two months in the hospital getting over a very rare form of cancer. Appendiceal cancer, it's not widely known. I didn't think I was going to make it."

In the stands of a baseball game surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans, it might seem a little out of place for Laura to talk about such a serious subject. It is in the stands that she's right at home watching her son Kolby, a.k.a Bud, the Apache outfielder.

"He's going to win this for me," Laura said watching her son at bat.

Bud dedicated his season to his mother. It was during a slump earlier in the season he made a special hit just for her, a game winning home run. Bud's season turned for the better just as his mother's health.

"I just told him to go ahead and live like nothing was going on because I'd make it," Laura said.

"I learned a lot from her," Bud said. "I just learned how to battle and that's how I cope with things. Just battling through. Never give up."

"He's doing great and he can see me doing great. I'm a seven month survivor now," Laura. I'm not passing on any opportunities."

Especially the opportunity of a life time. Laura has watched her son play in hundreds of games as he grew up, but there has been just one national championship game.

"Oh, I am so proud of him. I love him so much," Laura.

When the final out was thrown Bud was a national champion. After all the hugs to teammates there was a hug to his biggest cheerleader, his mom.

"What a wonderful way to go out," Laura said.

Bud actually joined the Apaches as a walk on. To celebrate her win over cancer, his mother just bought a new Harley.
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