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Coach remembers Camden Hancock

A Tri-state baseball team is grieving the loss of a teammate and friend after he lost his battle to brain cancer. 

Reitz senior Camden Hancock passed away Tuesday morning and he's being remembered at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. 

There was a moment of silence for Hancock at the Fall Festival Tuesday night, including a lot of people wearing Camden Strong t-shirts in the crowd. His step brother took part in the King and Queen contest.  

While it was a celebration, reality is still sinking in for some.

April 18, 2018 is a date Reitz baseball coach Todd Deweese will never forget. 

"There's a lot of great memories here on the field with Camden, but it's also memories that started this whole thing about 5 and a half months ago," says Deweese. 

It was his player, senior Camden Hancock's last day on a baseball field, and the first day he'd start his battle with brain cancer. 

"I kind of prepared myself already for the news. We knew what the inevitable outcome was going to be and it's still that sinking feeling that you have inside of you that you know the final chapter is over," Deweese says.

Hancock had a rare form of brain cancer that was discovered in the spring after he was hospitalized from a car accident. He was not injured from the accident, but scans showed a cancerous brain tumor. After fighting for 5 and a half months, he passed away. 

"The hardest part about yesterday was seeing someone you didn't necessarily recognize to see that cancer had totally overtaken him," Deweese says.

It was a somber moment for Coach Deweese at Barker Field today, remembering Hancock's game winning home run into right field and his last steps to this dugout. 

"Baseball is just a game, there are way more important things and it's just a game and it's really united our community."

Coach Deweese says he was a true athlete, always had a smile on his face, and a well-rounded kid and while there's no playbook telling him what to do in this situation, Coach says if Hancock were here he knows just what he'd say.

"Put me out there in the lineup for the last time and I'll give it everything I've got. What he'd relay to the team would be don't ever give up because he's never given up fighting the cancer." 

The team does plan on honoring Hancock in some way, but are still grieving the loss of their teammate and friend. 

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(This story was originally published on October 2, 2018)

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