ROSSFORD, OH (Toledo News Now) – After a year-long battle with cancer, Rossford High School student Kerry Keller passed away early Friday morning.
The football and basketball player was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones, almost one year ago, and ended his battle with the disease at around 3 a.m.
Rossford High School's softball game with Otsego was canceled due to the passing of Kerry, and his fellow students used that time to remember their friend.
"It's a sad day, but it's also a happy day. Because he is somewhere better now because he's not suffering. But I think with Kerry, his legacy is going to carry on with all these people." said softball coach Tom Kralovic.
Kerry's sister Kirsten is a member of the softball team, and was consoled by teammates. Memories of her brother were displayed all around Rossford, through blue t-shirts, blue ribbons on trees, and Kerry's initials painted on the school spirit rock and car windshields.
The community has been there for the Keller family, showing support through it all.
"He was always the kind of person, if he saw you down, he would just kind of like, give you a little bump and say, just mess around with you and say it's going to be fine and he would always be looking at the positive side of things and always wanting to make people feel happy." explained Lyndsey Skala, a Rossford Sophomore.
"It's going to be a rough few days, but we'll get through it, because that's how Kerry would be. He was just a great kid, I don't know what else you can say about him, we're just going to miss him but, we'll also think about him." Coach Kralovic said.
Lisa Spotts of Rossford Schools says the school is planning on holding a memorial service for Kerry at 2 p.m. this Wednesday in the high school field house.