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.'”
A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.