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Former Sens Player Beats Cancer Twice to Realize Dreams

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"I was to the point where I could barely walk. It was just a struggle to do daily kid things."

At just eight years old Helena native Kyle McLean was given some very tough news.

"We ended up going to the hospital just one random day, and they found that my body was consumed with cancerous cells," said Kyle. "I was air-lifted the next day."

Kyle spent four months receiving treatment in Seattle before finally being allowed to return to Helena with his cancer in remission. But four years later, his leukemia returned, and required a bone marrow transplant, which hampered his growth.

"I don't like to say it, but it does affect you," said Kyle. "I still have stretch marks around my biceps and around my legs that if I were to go through regular puberty, I probably would have been a lot stronger, and a lot bigger. I actually weigh less than when I was 12."

It took a lot of hard work to get that strength back. But he had one big motivating factor. A dream he had promised himself during the early years of his sickness.

"Growing up, when I was ten, 11, 12, watching the Senators win back to back to back state championships, you just go 'Five, six years from now that's going to be us,'" said Kyle.

"Kyle always wanted to watch the Reps and the Senators from the time that he eight or nine years old," said Kyle's father Scott McLean. "He idolized those older boys. And I think that when he made it to that level, that that was some of his happiest times."

But Kyle didn't stop with the Reps and Sens. His hard work paid off with a baseball scholarship to Division III Presentation college, where he played four years, and graduated with a degree in business. He's now an assistant coach with the Billings Scarlets, and hopes to further his coaching career.

"The main thing that I'm looking for in the next couple of years is to try and get a graduate assistant job, so that I can obtain my masters," said Kyle. "Now a days in order to be a baseball coach anywhere you have to have that masters degree."

"He's going to find his place," said Scott. "He won't quit until he does. Maybe he'll be coaching the Mariners someday. And I know that's where he would really like to be, because the city of Seattle saved his life."

From being unable to walk, to forging his own path, this year marks ten years of remission for Kyle, and proves that no matter how bad things get, you have to keep fighting to keep moving forward.

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