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Former Milan Bulldog Battles Cancer; Benefit Saturday

By Adam Wells
By awells@wbbjtv.com

Victor Kidd was an All-State player both on the gridiron and the basketball court for the Milan Bulldogs. In 1998 he helped lead the Bulldogs to their 3rd state championship in football. But now, at the age of 31, Kidd is facing off against his toughest opponent, cancer.

"Everything was going his direction," Victor's older brother George Kidd said. "Then he wakes up in a hospital and hes told he has Leukemia. It was tough."

That was three months ago. To some it may have been a death sentence. But not to Victor.

"His spirit has never wavered," George said. "He has bad days and gets frustrated because that's what it does to you but he knows hes going to make it. Hes keeping spirit and faith."

Following the news Victor's family, friends and older brother George, a former Bulldog and Tennessee Vol, wanted to put on an event to help their brother.

"We started out wanting a little tournament with a couple of guys and next thing you know my teammates said why don't we come sign autographs and help draw attention.

From there the idea took on a life of its own. Now six teams will compete in the event this Saturday.

"I never thought they would do that," George said. "They said Victor is like our little brother. To them its like helping family. It was so humbling."

The Kidd's hope that through this event awareness will be raised about the disease. They also don't want their little brother to worry anymore.

"The only thing he needs to think about is getting better," George said. "The financial things well take care of. Just one of the ways to help him focus on getting better."

The Charity Basketball game will take place at the Milan High School Gymnasium from 1 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2nd.

All proceeds go to the Victor Kidd Leukemia Fund.