Homecoming Has Special Meaning for Football Player Battling Cancer

Football player sits with his team for the big game

By Julie Fine
|  Saturday, Oct 5, 2013  |  Updated 5:27 PM CDT
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Seneca Anderson, who is finally back at school after months of chemotherapy, is now well enough to sit with his team for the big game.

Julie Fine, NBC 5 News

Seneca Anderson, who is finally back at school after months of chemotherapy, is now well enough to sit with his team for the big game.

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For a Mesquite football player who has been battling a rare cancer, this year's homecoming is all about coming home to his football family.

Seneca Anderson, who is finally back at school after months of chemotherapy, is now well enough to sit with his team for the big game.

"[I] feel like I am still playing football," he said

Anderson's family filled up almost an entire section to watch Anderson finally walk out with his teammates. And he was with them on the sidelines for the whole game.

"It is the best feeling in the world," said his mother, Kyfaney Anderson. "I am so happy they were able to pull this off for him."

Her son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on his spine. He had two surgeries and six rounds of chemo. Seneca Anderson missed a year of school before returning this fall.

His mother said that his dream of getting back on the field motivated her son, but Anderson said family and faith got him through everything.

"Just to know that somebody's there to help you go through it,  every step of the way," he said.

For now, Anderson has to watch from the sidelines. But his passion and persistence is inspiring the fans in the stands.

"He is our MVP and, like I tell him all of the time, you might not be on the football field, but you are MVP for us," said his father, Andre Anderson.

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