Athletics Team Helps Student With Cancer Over Finish Line in Video Viewed 100k Times

A video of a high school student recovering from cancer being helped across the finish line by her relay teammates is going viral on social media and inspiring thousands of people.

The Shenendehowa Athletic Program shared the video on Twitter and said: "What a great moment to see Senior Yeva Klingbeil at today's girls track and field meet. Yeva's teammates help her across the line in the 4X1 relay. Yeva continues her fight with cancer and we continue to be amazed by her spirit!!"

In the video, Klingbeil is seen walking arm in arm with her three teammates. Once they cross the finish line, they are met with cheers as the crowd chants: "Yeva! Yeva! Yeva!"

What a great moment to see Senior Yeva Klingbeil at today’s girls track & field meet. Yeva’s teammates help her across the line in the 4X1 relay. Yeva continues her fight with cancer and we continue to be amazed by her spirit!! @CoachCloutier @ShenNews @Agostinoni_Ron pic.twitter.com/pMs35dYLgY

— ShenAthletics (@ShenAthletics) May 25, 2021

The video has been viewed more than 100,000 times on Twitter and has inspired viewers, like one user who said: "What a beautiful, loving tribute to a teammate. Kids really understand sportsmanship and humanity."

Rex Chapman shared the video and said: "There is NOTHING like being on a team..."

Twitter users are also sharing messages of support, like one who said: "You go Yeva... keep working and keep fighting. You are making your teammates better each day. Great job, ladies." And another said: "Keep fighting, Yeva! Amazing job by you and your teammates!"

Yeva Klingbeil is a senior at Shenendehowa High School, near Albany, New York. She was a part of the school's cross country team until a year and a half ago when she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma—a rare, cancerous mass that was found near her jaw, according to a fundraising page, which was created in 2020 to "help support Yeva and her family while she continues with her recovery."

Klingbeil began chemotherapy, which eventually led to damage in her brain stem, leading her to feel weak, with breathing problems, and unable to swallow food or fluids. She spent around two months in the intensive care unit, and once she made it home, Klingbeil continued needing a ventilator to breathe and a feeding tube to eat.

The tumor around her jaw had shrunk to around half its original size, but she still suffered from damage to her brain.

On Saturday, the high school senior was able to head back to the track as a runner, with a little help from her friends.

The now viral relay race moment is not the first time her team has rallied around her. In November 2020, her coach, Rob Cloutier, ran a marathon to raise money for Klingbeil's recovery. The marathon raised $21,474—more than double its original goal of $10,000.

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Stock image of women running on a track. A video of teammates helping a student with cancer over the finish line has gone viral. WoodysPhotos/Getty