Updated 10/17/2012 06:53 AM
Tamarac High School wears green for Rachael
23 high school varsity athletes devised a strategy to kick lymphoma around the soccer field. Our Erin Vannella tells the story of new shirts, fresh perspectives, and hope.
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TROY, N.Y. -- "It's really really overwhelming, in a good way, in a very good way," said Tamarac High School senior Rachael Murray.
Tamarac High School soccer wears neon green for lymphoma and for their classmate Rachael Murray.
"I mean, from day one since I was diagnosed my school has been amazing," said Murray. "All my friends and everything have come out to support me and it's just so unbelievable."
The high school senior has missed a lot of school since she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in August. But doctors are winning the battle against the tumor in her chest.
"I did get good news that the tumor itself is 100 percent cold which means there are not cancerous cells left and it has started to shrink," said Murray.
Still, Murray means enough to the varsity boys they wanted to dedicate their "Senior Night," not to a win but to her and helping others.
"She's one of my best friends and has been for a really long time," said varsity soccer captain Brendan McGrath. "It kind of just lets you see the bigger picture a little better. You see that there's other things out there more than soccer."
"I'm actually proud of them," said varsity soccer coach Charlie Meacham. "I mean they came to me, they discussed it, they wanted to do it. I said sure, let's go for it."
And for Rachael, who thanks her little brother, her parents, friends and neighbors, it means the world.
"Yeah yeah, it means a lot," Murray said through tears. "It really does."