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      Christmas comes early for a Lexington teenager

      LEXINGTON, SC (WACH) -Christmas is more than a month away, but thanks to the Lexington High School baseball team, the big day has come early for Kennedy Branham, who is battling brain cancer.

      "The really neat thing to see is a group of teenagers that are really selfless," said Brian Hucks, head coach of the Lexington High School baseball team.

      Hucks says his boys are more concerned about Kennedy, and they want to make sure she is happy by doing everything they can to help her out.

      Last week, an MRI revealed that Branham's original tumor had grown and started to spread.

      "Just to be around her and the influence that she has with people and how much she has had on me, I don't make any more excuses," said Nick Ciuffo, a former Lexington High baseball player.

      "There really is no Lexington baseball team without Kennedy right now," said Hucks.

      Branham joined the Wildcats in their efforts of bringing home the AAAA State Championship, but they fell short in 2012.

      In 2013, with a slogan to "finish it for Kennedy," Lexington pulled through to defeat Blythewood 4-0 in game three.

      "She's our tenth player on the field," said Hucks.

      A tribute will be held in honor of Kennedy this Sunday at River Bluff High School. The event starts at 7 p.m.