Taking a shot in the dark

Spurred by mom's cancer scare, CM hoops junkie finds new motivation in the gym

Updated: April 4, 2011, 11:22 PM ET
By Brendan Hall | ESPNBoston.com

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- This time a year ago, Betsy Cullen sat her 17-year-old son, Mike Slonina, down on the couch in the living room of their Watertown home, pulled out a piece of paper and drew a small dot. She was about to drop a haymaker on his psyche.

Cullen had been complaining of headaches, so she had some medical tests done just to make sure everything was OK. Everything was not.

The dot was the size of the tumor on her brain, and at the time doctors feared it was cancer. ...

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