LWR team surprises baseball mom battling breast cancer

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Provided by Angela Combs

As a Lakewood Ranch mother was home recovering from breast cancer surgery earlier this month, she didn’t expect to see her son’s former Little League baseball teammates at his door.

Six months ago, Chirstine Olander received a call from her close friend and neighbor Angela Combs. The two have been friends since moving to the same neighborhood nearly 12 years ago.

They formed a bond, calling each other every day. They were active members of a baseball moms group started when their sons played Little League Baseball and worked together at C3 revenue cycle solutions, a company started by Olander.

Combs suggested Christine go to the doctor for a checkup on that particular call. Olander’s doctor scheduled her for a mammogram, and soon after, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Following her diagnosis, Christine underwent a double mastectomy in February and could have lost her life when she later developed a pulmonary embolism in her lungs.

As she recovers at home, she remains in the hearts and minds of her friends, the baseball moms group and the young men her son played Little League with, who now play college baseball for Lakewood Ranch High School. However, his son plays for Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota.

“I asked my son if the team could do anything for her,” Combs said. “I was proud because without hesitation, he said, of course they organized it themselves, got into their cars after practice and showed up at his door.”

“I can still see the look of surprise on her face when she saw it was them,” she added.

Each player presented her with a pink rose, signed a card and wrote an uplifting message.

The Olander Baseball Moms Group also added at the time they started a meal train and each prepared a meal for her and her family as she continues to recover.

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Members of the Lakewood Ranch High School varsity baseball team stand in Christine Olander’s driveway holding pink roses and a ‘Get well soon’ card on March 3, 2022. Olander recently underwent a double mastectomy to combat breast cancer and has known some of them since playing Little League baseball with his son. Provided by Angela Combs

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Christine Orlander holds a hand over her mouth in surprise as she received pink roses from a member of the Lakewood Ranch High School varsity baseball team on March 3, 2022. She recently had a double mastectomy and is recovering at his Lakewood Ranch home. Provided by Angela Combs

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Christine Orlander holds a hand over her mouth in surprise as she received pink roses from a member of the Lakewood Ranch High School varsity baseball team on March 3, 2022. She recently had a double mastectomy and is recovering at his Lakewood Ranch home. Provided by Angela Combs

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