ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - St. Joe Christian baseball player Levi Glidewelll continues a strong season, despite adversity off the field.
Levi's mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and has battled with the disease ever since. His mother entered hospice care earlier in the year.
"I mean I just try not to think about it most of the time," Glidewell said. "When I do I just have to trust God about it. And just realize it's his plan and not ours. We just have to put our faith in him."
When things may be too much for Levi, he has a coach that not only teaches him on the field, but is there for him off the field.
"In my role, it's just encouraging them and praying for them and lifting them up," Levi's coach, Andrew McDonald said. "I'm Levi's bible teacher, we get to be around each other every day. We get to talk about things like, how do you deal with differen't circumstances? What's God plan in all of it? So that, I think, has been way more important to the coaching aspect."
Mental toughness is required for a sport where failing is almost always a given. Because of the situation, McDonald believes it's what help him succeed.
"Seeing the toughness of the person battling it makes those around them tougher as well and I know Levi gets his toughness from his mom and from his family."
and because of that toughness, Levi can be the light, on top of the hill for his family and his teammates.