East Tennessee boy hopes for big win at Smokies game

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - As fans at Friday night's Smokies' game honored those who died fighting for freedom, 10-year-old Hunter West and his family are taking a moment from a fight of their own. He was diagnosed with bone cancer earlier this year, and is in and out of East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

"He's been doing chemo treatments for the last few months. We go this month for surgery and hopefully they can remove it all," his mother, Lola West said.

Things are looking up for Hunter these days. His mother said the doctors expect his surgery will prevent the cancer from coming back.

"You deal with what you got and pray everyday that he pulls you through it," she said.

It would be a medical home run for the champ.

"He's been very strong through it all," Hunter's mother said.

He got one night to not have to be strong, but just be a kid. Hunter, along with other kids from Children's Hospital, got bats covered with the player's signature.

Reminding them to keep fighting, as our fallen heroes did.

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