A hero's next battle
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Sam Maida, Jr. and his son Wes Maida watch as Wes' son Braden, 1, plays at Sam's home in Vidor on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. Wes Maida recently returned from serving in the Marines in Afghanistan.
Wes Maida (left) and his father Sam Maida, Jr. discuss Sam's recent diagnosis of kidney cancer at Sam's home in Vidor. Sam is a locally well-known umpire and referee of sporting events from youth leagues to high school.
Sam Maida, Jr. sheds a tear while talking about the support he's gotten from the community after his recent diagnosis of kidney cancer at his home in Vidor.
Sam Maida, Jr. (left) discusses his recent diagnosis of kidney cancer as his son Wes Maida (right) listens and considers at Sam's home in Vidor.
Please read, "Marine at father's side..." by Mike D. Smith.