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Swainsboro Tennis Player Spikes Cancer

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At a young age, he's impacted so many lives...

Kirsten Morris says, "I don't' know what I would do without him.

Donna Gowdowns, Swainsboro High School's Tennis coach, says "The things I thought were hard, or impossible, I look at other people's circumstance. I can make it through my day."

Tang Luei, 14, almost lost his life to cancer...

Gene Hundley, Swainsboro's Band director says, "He was first diagnosed with cancer when he was in my 8th grade band and went through a lot of turmoil, mentally."

Gowdowns explains, "I'm sure, as a young man, he thought his career was over. And, he has been able to take the prospectus that he has and be very competitive at his age."

Leui, now a 10th grader, and after two years of battling cancer in his right leg, is back on the tennis court.

A student athlete says, "Here he is playing tennis with us again, when they weren't sure if he was even going to make it. Much less, walk."

Lieu's love of tennis and hard work is not letting his right leg amputation stop him. His doubles team has landed Swainsboro High school a slot in their first ever regional tournament. His perseverance and determination helped him spike cancer, saying goodbye to his wheelchair.

This proves, as an a honor-roll student athlete, you can accomplish anything.

"This has probably been one of the most inspirational stories as an educator outside of my classroom, to watch a young man who has lost a leg, and then been able to participate at this level. A dream that he thought would possibly never happen, has happened," says Gowdowns.

More importantly, Lieu has taught others the importance of respect. "You can't let people bully you, even though they're faster, stronger, maybe a little stronger than you...just got to work with what you got," explains a teammate.

Leiu's cancer is now in remission. He gets frequent tests to make sure everything is fine.

Swainsboro High School will be going to their first regional tournament April 16 at East Georgia University.

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