Samer Babi, a senior football player from North Olmsted, will receive theCleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award during 18th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards presented by Medical Mutual and Huntington Bank.
Samer Babi is a senior captain on the North Olmsted High School football team. As a strong competitor and leader, Samer’s teammates describe him as having an “infectious personality” and that “you can’t help but smile when you’re around him.”
While preparing for his senior season, he began to feel pain in his jaw. After a few failed prognoses, Babi’s symptoms worsened and he was rushed to the emergency room. An MRI revealed the mass the size of a tennis ball in his right parotid gland.
The day before his prom, Cleveland Clinic informed Samer he had Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) – a type of cancer so rare that Babi has yet to meet a patient with the same diagnosis.
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