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Little leaguers shave heads to support teammate with cancer

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 11 2014 09:34:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 11 2014 10:07:00 PM CDT

Little leaguers shave heads to support teammate with cancer

EXETER TWP., Pa. -

The clippers came on and the hair came off for more than 70 people at Lords & Ladies salon in Exeter Township.

It was all to raise money for 11-year old Jacob Mower.

Jacob is a very active kid. He loves to play baseball and go hunting. But Jacob also has leukemia.

"I have never really associated leukemia with cancer for my son. I just look at it as he is sick, we need to get him better," said Jacob's mother Diane Mower.

Jacob first started complaining that his gums were bleeding to his mom in early December.

After seeing both a dentist and an oral surgeon, they were sent to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Since January he has undergone three chemotherapy treatments.

That is why his little league team banded together to help him.

"He was on my team last year. I just wanted to show support for him," said Robbie Unruh, Little League player.

They raised more than $2,500 for Jacob and the family says they could not be more grateful.

"With me not working right now, that really cut us in the pay department. Without this support we would probably lose our house. So it is very humbling," said Mower.

His little league team starts up its season again on Saturday and the players say it is not going to be the same without Jacob in center field.

"We miss you. A lot of the kids wish you were here. We will be thinking of you more on opening day. Get healthy and get well soon," said Exeter Little League President Jeff McCusker.

It has been a rough road, but Jacob's mom says he is back to eating and gaining weight.

They are holding out hope for a full recovery.

"Just know that your life can change in an instant. Mine changed in a matter of four hours. And spend as much time with your kids as you can," said Mower.