Football player tested by battles off the field | HS Sports

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Football player tested by battles off the field
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland senior Brendan Horton has battled through some serious situations over the past two seasons just to be on the field on game day. 

After his sophomore season, Brendan had doctors take a look at a bump on his elbow, thinking it might be a cyst or nagging injury from a physically demanding season.  They quickly determined the lump was a tumor, synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

"I think my heart stopped for a second.  It was probably one of the scariest moments of my life," he recalled.  "I never thought it was going to be me, and when I found out it was, sure I was upset, but I was like let's make the best of it, let's get it over with and get back on the field."

Horton was able to make a full recovery and rejoin his teammates on the field for his junior year of football.  After the season, he went in for a check-up and was dealt another crippling blow.  Doctors had found another tumor, this time on his lung.

"I got rediagnosed and then had chemo at Maine Med," said Brendan matter-of-factly.  "They went in and did surgery on that, I don't know, about a month after the football season ended.  Then I had chemotherapy for the whole hockey season and after it, but in between sessions I was able to play depending on my blood count."

Now Brendan is back with a clean bill of health.  The three sport athlete's passion for sports is still intact, but he has a very mature outlook on the games he plays due to all he has gone through off the field.

"It made me realize that people can be worse off, cause I saw a lot more worse things than I was going through," said Brendan.  "I mean, I'm lucky to have what I have compared to what some other kids have."

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