ABILENE, Kan. — Basketball means different things to different people. For some, it's a game, for others it's a sport. But for Carly Gassman it is a way to get through a difficult time.
"It's nice to have goals, especially when you go through something like this," the senior at Abilene High school said.
Last spring, Gassman was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
"When I found out, I was like numb," Gassman said. "I didn't think anything. I wasn't freaking out because I didn't really know what was going on."
"The doctor came out and get us and it was bad," Gassman's mother, Susie Gassman said. "I just thought maybe it won't be real."
Since then Gassman has been trying to balance school, sports, treatment and surgeries.
" I would go to school and have my core classes in the morning," Gassman said. "Then go to Kansas City and do my homework on the way there or on the way back. Go to practice and do homework if I had it after."