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Local football team rallies around 6-year-old with medical problems

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Local football team rallies around 6-year-old with medical problems

By Shannon Sims. CREATED Sep 6, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 6, 2013

MILWAUKEE - The Saint Thomas More football team is playing for more than just wins this year. The boys are rallying behind one brave little girl.

Savannah Dews, 6, has undergone a liver transplant, open heart surgery and recently came home from the hospital after having hip surgery. She suffers from a rare disorder - VACTERL association.

"We are really playing this whole season for her," said Jeremy Spankowski, a senior, "but we are dedicating tomorrow's game to her especially."

To raise money for her family's medical cost, the team sold more than 300 shirts with her initials and the words "Savannah Strong."

"[It's] perfect for her strength and for this team," said Coach Jason Wilson.

The money raised is a small token of their appreciation for her father, Coach Bill Dews, who had to step down this season to help take care of his daughter.

"I hope it makes him really happy, I hope it shows how much we appreciate him."

As the mighty Cavaliers get pumped for Saturday's game, Savannah will not only be on their minds, but in their hearts.

Shannon Sims

Shannon Sims

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Shannon Sims joined the TODAY'S TMJ4 team after working (most recently) with the morning team on FOX19 in Cincinnati, Ohio.