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Gymnast finds strength in mother fighting cancer

Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 20:16:01-04

Between school, travel, and a perfect 12-0 record, the Boise State women’s gymnastics team has a lot to juggle.

For Ann Stockwell, Saturday’s meet is more than just an attempt to keep their perfect record, it’s a chance to perform for a special person.

Ann’s mother, Mary Stockwell, was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer in 2014.

“She’s been through a lot of treatment suffered from side effects from chemotherapy and stuff but she’s getting through all that. She’s fighting and she is getting so much stronger," Ann explained.

Ann’s drive is fueled by her mother’s aggressive fight against cancer.

“Whenever I complete a good routine, it’s just so heartwarming to know that I did it for her and she it enjoys it so much,” Ann said. “It’s brought me so much closer to the team because all these girls are like my sisters and I know they’re always right behind me for support if I need it.”

Although Mary is still undergoing intensive treatment, she will have the opportunity to go watch Ann compete in front of the team and Boise State students.

“I am performing for both of my parents. Definitely my mom. Gymnastics is her favorite sport so I am sure she will have a good time watching.”

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