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Heads Up For Kelsey - By Mike Lynch
MikeLynch2.jpgKelsey Viens ( pronounced “Veens”) just wrapped up her soccer career at North Attleboro High School. The mere face that she was able to compete this year still has folks in her town buzzing.

Last spring Kelsey was feeling dizzy at times and had some blurred vision. In July she was diagnosed with a brain tumor over her right eye the size of a small lemon. Two months later, she was the starting goalie for the girls varsity soccer team. I asked Kelsey if soccer was the furthest thing from her mind when she came out of surgery.

"No," she replied, "probably the first thing…I just love soccer so much I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to play again. I woke up and thought about my family and then pretty much soccer."

When Kelsey returned she didn’t wear a helmet, rather a custom designed headband to protect her skull from any trauma, direct hit or tumble to the ground. She told me she wasn’t nervous her first day back but rather excited to be reunited with her friends and teammates.

"My parents were nervous however. My mom would freak out whenever the ball came near me."

Kelsey’s contagious smile and work ethic energized her teammates, especially the underclassmen.

"She is a great example of determination," beamed her coach Geoff Burgess. "Kelsey is a role model, living proof that if you want to get back on the field you can, no matter what stands in your way, no matter what obstacles."

I asked Kelsey is she was embarrassed by all of the attention she was receiving.

"Kind of," she responded, "but if it encourages one boy or girl to get back on their feet after a debilitating illness, then its worth it."

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