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Rival teams unite for cancer research

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Two rival schools are putting aside their differences for a very special cause. 

Zwolle and Stanley high school baseball teams are playing in a game Tuesday night with all proceeds going to support cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The game will honor Logan Brant of Zwolle and Bryce Norwood of Stanley. Both boys died of cancer and shared a great love for baseball.
 
Alicia Norwood, Bryce's mother, remembers the day her life changed forever.
 
"Bryce was four years old. He was diagnosed in 2006 with a very rare form of Wilms' tumor," said Alicia.

Within a week, Bryce was scheduled for surgery at St. Jude in Memphis.
 
"He was in the hospital for like two weeks, because he had some other complications from the surgery," said Alicia.
 
The Norwood family went through seven months of chemo and radiation and in March of 2007 Bryce came home cancer-free.

"He resumed his normal life of playing t-ball, what he loved more than anything. He would play with his family and friends like a normal little boy," said Alicia.

Later that year, Bryce relapsed. He passed away on Valentine's Day of 2008 and, as his mother puts it, he earned his angel wings.

"I often would question, 'Well, I wish I'd had a miracle.' But, when I look back at our time at St. Jude that was a miracle. The things that he did and the lives that he touched, that was a miracle in and of itself," said Alicia.

Just more than half an hour away in Zwolle and three years later, Angela Rivers and her son Logan went on a similar journey after doctors revealed the worst.
 
"They ran the tests and told us that Logan had leukemia," said Angela.

On their second day at St. Jude in July 2012, Logan turned 11. 


"Logan got his first dose of chemo on his birthday. They threw him a birthday party in ICU. They had balloons, cake and presents," said Angela.

In just nine months of treatment for leukemia, Logan went through one bone marrow transplant, chemo and radiation, with a second transplant scheduled for November. 

"We didn't make it that far. He passed away in September," said Angela.

Logan may have passed away, but his memory lives on in the sport he loved.
 
Pictures in Angela's home show an avid baseball player, a first baseman and fan at a young age. 

She said baseball was his passion.

"You know his grave sits at St. Joseph catholic church and from the gravesite we've got a perfect view of the baseball field. It couldn't be more perfect than to remember him with the game of baseball because that's what he did. That's what he loved," said Angela.

Through the game Logan Brant and Bryce Norwood live on in spirit.

"The only thing that can die is a memory and as long as I'm living I'll keep his memory alive. I'm so glad that other people are willing to do the same. It lets me know that he touched people in a way that they want to give back too," said Alicia.

Bryce Norwood's older brother Zach is playing in Tuesday's game. He is wearing Bryce's number 11.
 
KTBS 3 is gearing up for the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home campaign to raise funds to battle the diseases that still threaten young lives.

The four-bedroom, three-bath house is in the Rosedale Place subdivision in Bossier Parish.
 
The address is 7117 Tensas Drive, if you want to check it out.

 

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