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Munford High School football players warmed up in purple shirts in honor of Emma Mitchell, who is battling a brain tumor. Source: WBRC video Munford High School football players warmed up in purple shirts in honor of Emma Mitchell, who is battling a brain tumor. Source: WBRC video
Munford students released purple balloons in Emma's honor during their Senior Night. Source: WBRC video Munford students released purple balloons in Emma's honor during their Senior Night. Source: WBRC video
Emma Mitchell, 5, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year and is still battling the cancer. Emma Mitchell, 5, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year and is still battling the cancer.
This sign for Emma was at the Munford vs. Talladega High School game Friday night. Source: WBRC video This sign for Emma was at the Munford vs. Talladega High School game Friday night. Source: WBRC video
TALLADEGA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Friday's football game between Munford and Talladega High School was about a lot more than just the rivalry on the field.

Fans on both sides are cheering on a five-year-old girl. Last year Emma Mitchell was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Friday night, Munford's football team warmed up in purple shirts bearing an "E" on the front in Emma's honor.

"We heard about Emma not doing so well and coach was talking to us about it at the beginning of the week," said Munford football player Sean Wadsworth.

Wadsworth and his entire team sported purple shirts, wristbands and socks at school and on the field. Their helmets had an "E" on the back. They even released purple balloons before the game.

Emma's sister Kaitlyn is a freshman at Munford.

"It's been hard. I can't sit here and say that it hasn't because it has," she said. 

Kaitlyn said Emma has been in and out of the hospital since she was diagnosed last year.

"We have our days when it's very hard and stuff and today, you know, coming into school and seeing the football players in their purple shirts, it made me happy," Kaitlyn said.

Angela Harrell has been following Emma's story on Facebook. She's not close to the family but with a son of her own close to Emma's age, it hits close to home.

"It makes me happy that we have a good community to support each other. We know that we can always lean on each other to come together as a team," Angela said.

Even rivals took part. Talladega's band and drill team wore ribbons in honor of Emma.

Tammy Williams' daughter is a cheerleader for the school and said support for the family puts rivalry on the back burner.

"It's just a community coming together for a good cause," said Tammy.

The football team dedicated Friday's game to Emma.

If you would like to follow her journey or send the family support you can visit the Team Emma Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TEAMEGMITCHELL.

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