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09/07/07

Hometown Heroes--Allen's Angles

Allen Kea has spent the last year battling cancer. Allen Kea has spent the last year battling cancer.
Allen's Angels are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes. Allen's Angels are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

On the same day the team from Warner Robbins won the little league world series, a dozen other Georgia teams played to support a teammate.

They raised thousands of dollars to help a family struggling with medical bills.

Rarely does a tournament with nothing on the line mean so much. Most Saturdays, youngsters play for trophies and the chance to play again. This time, they played for a friend. Allen Kea has spent the last year battling his toughest opponent, a cancerous brain tumor.

"It kills you inside to watch your baby go through this, " said Allen's mother Jody Connor. "Thursday was a year ago, they did his surgery."

Allen spent August through October in the hospital and since then, back and forth. The cost has taken as much toll as the cancer. So Allen's former coaches decided to hold a benefit tournament to help the family.

"Some of the folks out here have been through what he's going through," said coach Gabe Cliett. "The only difference is they're grown-ups."

The first pitch was as much as Allen could handle but enough to inspire everyone. From there, buddies from a dozen teams and a half dozen towns took over.

We asked Allen, "You didn't know you have so many friends, did you?"

He replied, "No sir. I thought I had 4 or 5. I've got thousands now."

"I still want to cry to think people want to do this for my child," said Jody.

Cliett says Allen's been an inspiration to so many, the least they could do is go to bat for him. For their effort to raise more than nine thousand dollars to help the family, Cliett and the rest of Allen's Angels are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

Reported by Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com 

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