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17-year-old inspires teammates after losing leg to battle with cancer

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Emily Linneman lost her left leg during a battle with a cancer. Emily Linneman lost her left leg during a battle with a cancer.

By: Steve Harris / News 4

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The story of 17-year-old Emily Linneman is both heartbreaking and uplifting.   

Emily started playing basketball at a very young age but in 2012, she was diagnosed with Osteocarcoma, a type of bone cancer that led to loss of her left leg. Eventually the disease came back and was in her other leg and lungs.  

“She was getting pain in her hip. She had it for a couple of weeks and was afraid to tell me and we went and got it checked and it’s in her hip, and this one’s inoperable, and there’s not much they can do about it, so we’re praying for a miracle,” said her mom, Kim Linneman.

After discovering the tumor in her hip, Emily knew she needed to play basketball again, which is why she inspires her teammates.

Emily enjoys practicing with the other girls but she never expected to play in an actual game. Her coaches felt if she was practicing with the team then she needed to play with the team, which is why Wednesday night at Valley Park Emily played her first game as a Northstar.

“I know that the other team will notice that I’m not like every other girl,” said Emily.

At half time Emily was given t-shirts and balls signed by college teams from around the country. She also scored a basket during the game.

Donations for Emily’s trust can be mailed to:

Emily Linneman Trust
3317 Cottonwood Drive
St. Charles, Mo. 63301

Or

Emily Linneman Trust
Lindell Bank
3201 North Highway 94
St. Charles, Mo. 63301

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