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Southwest Little League in Clemmons honors boy battling brain tumor

CLEMMONS, N.C. — At 14 years old, Jonah Hammett is fighting a brain tumor, but friends say you will never hear him complain about it.

“That inspires me a lot,” said friend Brett Berrier. “Just how strong he is.”

Berrier’s family started Team Jonah to help him and his family with everything from medical bills to emotional support.

“This community – they have not forgotten about him,” said Amy Hammett, Jonah’s mother. “They just keep on and keep on and when I think they’ve done everything they could possible do, they do more.”

Friday night during Family Fun Night at Southwest Little League, the kickoff to the new season, the community did a lot more. Instead of 52 teams wearing their team jersey’s they all wore one with the words “Team Jonah.”

“It’s amazing,” said Jonah, who threw the first pitch during Friday night’s season kickoff. “Sometimes [the support] is breathtaking and all I can do is smile.”

Every two months Jonah undergoes a MRI to monitor the tumor and right now it is stable with no growth – a tumor he calls Goliath, but says he is determined to fight like David.

“David relied on the Lord and that’s what we’ve done,” said Amy Hammett. “We’ve not been disappointed. We’ve had some setbacks in the journey but God’s been good.”

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