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Badger Conference tennis teams rally for the Massey family

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SAUK PRAIRIE, Wis. (WKOW) -- The Badger Conference is full of intense rivalries, but this week, the conference's tennis teams are rallying for one of their own.

Last fall, life completely changed for Sauk Prairie girls tennis coach Katie Massey.

"This year has been pretty intense for my family and I. It started in October where I got diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer."

The word "cancer" initially stunned the 29-year-old mother of two. The former UW-Stevens Point basketball player was active. She loves to go outdoors and hike. She has two young kids. 

"Cancer does not discriminate," Katie said during the Waunakee-Sauk Prairie match on Thursday."It's important to get the word out there and get checked up and know your body."

After the shock wore off, Katie and her husband Levi Massey, a Sauk Prairie teacher and the boys basketball coach, put together a game plan to fight the disease. Her motivation? Her daughters -- 4-year-old Kendall and almost-2-year-old Morgan.

"I have a reason every day to get out of bed and chase after them. Even if I want to rest and stay in my bed, I gotta get up. I got to take care of my girls and I wouldn't want it any other way."

Katie hit the ground running, undergoing two rounds of chemotherapy and a successful surgery this past February. Now Katie waits to start radiation, a grueling 6-week process. 

In the meantime, events like these help boost her spirits.  

"Kids just bring a smile to my face and uplift me. And continue to make me want to fight each day. So I'm feeling pretty good, especially with the sun shining today."

Proceeds from six Badger Conference tennis matches and other events will go towards the Massey family and her Susan B. Komen Race For the Cure team.

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