Teen battling bone cancer becomes softball coach, inspires others

EDEN, N.C. — Taylor Foster was just 13 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma — bone cancer.

Surgeries and chemotherapy followed, but that was not the hardest part of her ordeal. She was told she could no longer play softball.

While Taylor, now 16, can no longer play softball, that doesn’t mean she’s done with the game. A family friend shared her story with the coach of her favorite college team, Florida State, and she’s been added as an honorary member of the team. Seminole coach Lonni Alameda even came to visit Taylor in the hospital.

After being diagnosed, Taylor didn’t want to even watch softball, but now she’s back involved in the game she loves as an assistant coach for a travel team called the North Carolina Frenzy. It’s been a good match.

Cancer has forced Taylor to grow up quicker than most. Her situation makes long-term plans difficult, but her goals are simple. Live each day to the fullest and try to have a positive impact on others.

Mission Accomplished.