Home football team shows support for visiting team after players lose mom to cancer

(Source: WNEM)

A football game between two schools took on a new meaning Friday after brothers playing for the visiting team lost their mom to cancer.

The home team and the fans welcomed the visiting team with open arms in their time of mourning. It was during the league championship game between Ubly and Unionville-Sebewaing.

In the stands there was an empty seat for Brenda Shaefer. She died earlier this week after a battle with ovarian cancer.

"The only time she ever really missed anything was when she was sick. Even if it was bad, she still made an effort to come. Even if she sat in the car. She would always be there to watch," said Jordan Heckroth, Shaefer's son.

Jordan said she was always there cheering on him and his little brother.

"I tear up a lot when I start to talk about her," Jordan said.

He held a brave face on Friday, but this week was tough on him.

"My mom is my world. Nobody wants to be 19-years-old or 16 and bury their mom and leave behind all those memories," Jordan said.

The team and the fans in the stands showed their support for her and her two sons.

Teal is the color for ovarian cancer and the color fans wore as they packed the bleachers at Friday's game. They wore the color to support Jodan's family during the tough time.

The band wore teal ribbons and the players wore teal wristbands under their sleeves. It was all in memory of one of USA's biggest fans.

"My mom is probably up in heaven smiling right now," Jordan said.

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