The worst of times can bring out the best of people.
Liberty High School’s Peyton Krause has always had a passion for cooking and baking but now the senior softball catcher isn’t just fulfilling sweet tooth cravings all over the Valley, she’s helping a family friend in need.
The friend is nine year-old Luke Ozga, son of Heather Ozga, whose childhood friend is Peyton’s mom, Heather.
Last December, Luke was quickly escorted to a nearby hospital after experiencing extreme, and unexpected, shortness of breath at school.
Heather, who works in the medical field, initially thought her youngest son had double pneumonia until she noticed a number of doctors huddled nearby in discussion after examining Luke’s scans.
“They came over and let us know he had cancer,” Heather Ozga said to Sports360AZ.com. “He had a huge tumor on the front of his heart and it wrapped around the back of it. I was stunned…I just [told Luke], ‘You’re really sick but we’re going to get through this.'”