Princeton softball player inspiring community through cancer battle

Published: Apr. 22, 2019 at 10:46 PM CDT
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PRINCETON, IN (WFIE) - Each year the Princeton Community High School softball team brings awareness to cancer fighters. This year was unique in its own right.

The Tigers have one of their own diagnosed with cancer.

Junior pitcher Jada Camden learned last year she had Ewing’s sarcoma in her right leg. It’s a type of cancer that forms in bone or soft tissue.

“She’s almost always in pain. Some days are worse than others," said Jada’s mom, Kate Camden. "But, even being in pain she fights through the pain. Just because she loves the game, she’s going to be out there.”

The Camden family have been traveling back and forth to Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for Jada’s chemo and radiation treatments. The family have sold hundreds of t-shirts in support of their now 17-year-old.

“We did a lot of praying, and we have had a lot of support from the community," Kate said.

The teen received positive news at her recent checkup this month. She’s due back for another checkup in July.

“It’s very nerve-wracking going up there and not knowing what the results where going to be,” Kate said. “But, we’re very thankful and very blessed that everything came back great,” she smiled.

Camden has shown not only her family, her team, but the entire community that we should never let fear keep us from staying focused or giving up. The student-athlete has been playing the game since she was four and insisted she would get back on the mound.

“It’s hard, but as parents we do what we have to do. Jada has been my strength, just being with her and knowing what she was going through and just watching her,” Kate said.

“Just to stay positive for everything. You’re never guaranteed tomorrow, so just gotta stay positive and enjoy every day,” Jada said.

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