Moberly vs. Westran  Basketball Team Supports Leukemia Patient

1 decade 2 months 2 days ago January 24, 2007 Jan 24, 2007 Wednesday, January 24 2007 Wednesday, January 24, 2007 6:09:55 PM CST in Sports

Mike Albur, assistant principal at Westran middle school, he used to be the high school's boys basketball coach until his eleven year old son Jordan was diagnosed with leukemia.

"The doctors said our best scenario would be to have a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. We did the transplant at the end of October,"said Mike Albur, Jordan's father. "We actually did the transplant the night the Cardinals won the World Series."

Jordan followed the Cardinals path. Hours after the final out, Jordan's road to defeating cancer successfully began .

Last Friday night the ultimate respect between two rivals came out on this basketball court. The two teams played not only to win or lose, but to come together as a community.

"Coach Hames came up to me about two weeks ago. He wanted to do something in support of Jordan," said Moberly athletic director Kenny Seifert. "He also wanted to do something that bonded the two communities together." said Kenny Seifert, Moberly Athletic director.

The teams wore each other's colors while warming up and exchanged jerseys during the starting line ups. The coaches wore the opponents colors the entire game.

"We're given a gift, and it was an opportunity to have high school students see what the problem was and to really, what can I do what can I give back," said Moberly head coach Tyler Hames.

"Speaking for myself and my wife Sandy, We definitely appreciate everything everybody has done for us," said Albur.

And there's a lesson in what they've done. "The fact that our players really realized this is a big game for both of us and it's a rivalry game," said Hames. "But it's also just a game, and that's good in one aspect because they realize this is a great opportunity, to get to play the game."

Albur added he will not be jumping back on the Hornets bench any time soon.

Jordan will be returning home in less than two weeks.

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