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WAUNAKEE, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- Tonight, Waunakee will take to the field to face Badger with a trip to state on the line.
All year long, the Warriors have grinded in the gym and on the field, but one Warrior faces his own battle hundreds of miles away.

"He's been fighting through this and he's just been doing some stuff that other people probably couldn't do."

Meet Hunter Schoepp, a senior running back and a major part of Waunakee's deep run in the post season. But beside carrying the rock into the end zone, he also carries the emotional toll of standing with his younger brother, Cole,  as he battles brain cancer.

"This is real and so it's been...tough," head coach Pat Rice said as he choked back tears before Thursday's practice.

But tough is exactly what Cole and big brother Hunter characterize. 
After Cole's diagnosis in the summer of 2013, he's gone through surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation.
Cole and their mother are now in Memphis as he undergoes a special trial treatment.

"It's hard seeing him down there and being away from him so long," Hunter explained as his brother goes treatment for eight weeks in Tennessee," because I've never been away from him this long."

But they are not alone. The team and the community have rallied behind the entire Schoepp family. 

"You get to play for him and that's something that we look at every week," fellow senior Jason Keip expressed, "That we get to go out there and play for somebody who isn't able to play."  

Another senior, Isaac Varebrook, also agrees.

"They fit the warrior name perfectly. they fight through everything that's been happening."

Hunter speaks for his entire family when he explains how much they appreciate the support.

"Everybody behind us, warrior-fighting spirit. And he's fought the whole way through."


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