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Coach battling cancer and superintendent who lost wife to cancer throw out first pitches

Watch as Mansfield coach Daniel Maberry throws out first pitch

Head football coach Daniel Maberry, who's been battling lymphoma since January 2018, threw out the first pitch during a home softball game April 9, 2019. Video credit by Shelley Hamilton.
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Head football coach Daniel Maberry, who's been battling lymphoma since January 2018, threw out the first pitch during a home softball game April 9, 2019. Video credit by Shelley Hamilton.

High school softball and baseball teams have hosted “Strike Out For Cancer Night” during the season and for at least one night, the grieving, the pain and the suffering is all wiped away with a giant smile.

Mansfield’s Daniel Maberry and Southlake’s David Faltys are two respected, well-known figures in their cities. Maberry is the head football coach at Mansfield High and Dr. Faltys is superintendent for Carroll ISD.

Maberry is battling lymphoma. He was first diagnosed in January 2018 and was six months cancer free, just in time for the football season. A GoFundMe was set up to help raise money. In five months, $83,552 was raised.

But the cancer came back in October and he’s been battling it since.

Maberry threw out the first pitch at the home softball game on April 9 against Lake Ridge. All of the proceeds from the concession stands were donated to the Maberry family.

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Shelley Hamilton Courtesy

A few days early, Faltys threw out the first pitch at Carroll’s home softball game on April 5 against Byron Nelson. Faltys, who has been superintendent since 2006, took a leave of absence in December to be with his wife and children.

His wife Jen passed away in January after a 12-year battle with breast cancer.

“My wife wouldn’t loved it,” Faltys said. “It was an incredible honor and I’m very humbled that the softball team asked me to go out there. Being a former coach, I’ve always loved being around kids, but haven’t been around as much since becoming superintendent so it was amazing to be out there with the team and the girls were just as excited.”

The softball team will send a donation under Jen Faltys’ name to the American Cancer Society.

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Khloe Brandon, a 3rd grader at Lone Star Elementary in the Keller school district, was diagnosed with Leukemia in December.

She threw out the first pitch at a Keller Central baseball game last month.

9-year-old Khloe Brandon, who goes to Lone Star Elementary, threw out the first pitch during the Central vs. Byron Nelson baseball game on Tuesday March 19, 2019. Brandon was diagnosed with Leukemia in December.

Keller softball also hosted one during a home district game against on March 14 against Guyer. Each girl from both teams picked a balloon that was the color of what cancer they represented and released it into the sky.

The Indians performed for one of their moms last season, Jennifer Love, who had been battling breast cancer.

The Keller softball team performed a dance to Grease's We Go Together following Friday night's game for sophomore Riley Love's mother Jennifer Love, who had surgery last week for breast cancer. Video credit Amara Theriault

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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