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From the North Olmsted High School Athletics Page:
Samer Babi is an inspiration to his fellow students and teammates. Samer received the Cleveland Clinic Courage Award at the 18th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Award banquet on January 17th downtown at the Renaissance Hotel. Samer has been battling cancer since last spring. It was originally localized in his jaw but has recently spread to other places in his body. He will be undergoing several trial treatments in the near future.
The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards ceremony celebrates a year of athletic achievement in Northeast Ohio from high school stars to professional athletes.
Samer Babi is the senior captain of the North Olmsted High School varsity football team. As a strong competitor and leader, Samer's teammates describe him as having an "infectious personality" and that you can't help but smile when you're around him.
While preparing for his senior season he began to feel pain in his jaw. An MRI revealed a mass the size of a tennis ball in his right parotid gland. Samer has a rare type of cancer and is undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. His nurse from the Clinic said Samer is the most positive and inspiring patient she has ever met - even when he is feeling sick he still has a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He has been through so much and yet has the most positive attitude.
Samer is an inspiration to his team, school and community. He helped Chick-fil-A promote the "Kickin for Chicken" campaign and led the school's "Kick it for Cancer" fundraiser that helps raise money every time their kicker scores in a game. He is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for his stage IV cancer and attends school as often as possible. He wants to attend college and major in finance and play rugby.
Babi lives by the motto "don't complain, don't ask why." No matter how I am feeling - it could always be worse.
The district is very proud of Samer and will be supporting him and his family at the 18th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards ceremony in January 2018.
Photo: Samer Babi is shown running on to the field with his football teammates. He was also the 2017 High School Homecoming King.