(FOX NEWS)- A Connecticut community and the Stony Brook University softball team are rallying around one of their star players as she gears up for the toughest battle of her life away from the plate. Danielle Kemp, a sophomore at the Division-1 university, was recently diagnosed with an inoperable, cancerous brain tumor,CTPost.com reported.
Kemp had been playing summer ball with the Stratford Brakettes when she was hit by a pitch in July, a post on the family’s GoFundMe page said. She began having trouble with balance and focusing, and experienced bouts of dizziness. Initially the symptoms were believed to be from a concussion and she was outfitted with glasses and contacts, but an MRI revealed the 19-year-old was actually suffering from a brain tumor.
In a post on her personal Facebook page, Kemp revealed this is not the first time she will face medical adversity, as she recently went into remission for a rare kidney disease she was diagnosed with in high school, CTPost.com reported.
“Tuesday, August 16, my doctors that thought I had just a bad concussion found a tumor on my brain after running tests on me and running MRIs,” Kemp wrote, according to the report. “It is a rare cancer located deep in my brain in the pons region. I just wanted to let everyone know but also ease people’s minds that I am in good spirits. I am a fighter and I have fought before.”