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Teen battling cancer plays with Rochester RazorSharks

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC)- Courtney Wagner, the Canandaigua teen battling stage four brain cancer has become an official Rochester RazorSharks team member.

On Saturday, Wagner suited up and was on the court with the team playing against Philadelphia Flight at the Blue Cross Arena. She had just signed a contract with the team on Friday. Wagner dunked the basketball to begin the game, making her a life time RazorSharks teammate. Players, Gabe Freeman and Anthony Stover hoisted her up to the rim so she could dunk the basketball.

This game was about more than just winning, it was about letting a 17-year old teenager with brain cancer experience one of her dreams. Wagner sat alongside the other players in her number 20 jersey. 

Wagner has battled brain cancer for the past four years. The senior at Canandaigua Academy made headlines a few weeks ago when she played with her high school basketball team on senior night. She made the first basket. Wagner played sparingly over the last four years because of her cancer.

Wagner said the last few weeks have been a wonderful whirlwind.

“I never would have thought I’d be able to get up there and dunk it,” Wagner said. “That was my favorite part of the day.”

The Rochester RazorSharks are just as happy to have Courtney on their team as she is to be there. Jerice Crouch said she is an inspiration.

“Its been tremendous man, she has so much will and power just being here and going through everything she’s been through,” Crouch said. “And to have a smile on her face and be happy it’s an inspiration for us all.”

It was Courtney Wagner’s day, it was her moment and for a brief period of time her and her family forgot about cancer.

The RazorSharks credit their 152-98 win over Philadelphia to Courtney Wagner.

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