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Eight-year-old cancer patient scores touchdown at high school game

Josh Sexton (Source: WLBT) Josh Sexton (Source: WLBT)
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An 8-year-old boy diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone disease, got the chance to forget about his illness and do what loves best: play football.

It all happened at McLaurin –Richland’s Friday night Game. McLaurin Tigers welcomed a new pint sized offensive weapon to the team for the Friday night game, Pee-Wee Football player Josh Sexton.

“Very exciting, happy and ready to get back on the football field,”  Said Josh Sexton.

This opportunity to be an honorary member of the high school team comes at a very tough time in the 8-year-old's life.  He has Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, and has been going through chemo treatments in hopes of one day being cancer free.

"He had it in the upper right arm and they had to amputate his fight arm, collar bone, and shoulder blade,” said Josh’s mom Alisha Sexton.

But tonight wasn't about Josh's battle with cancer, but the battle on the gridiron.

“Scared to be on the field with a way bigger people than me, but excited that my brother was going to be joining in and helping block for me,” said Josh Sexton.

Josh used that same passion tonight as he took the field, scoring a touchdown without a defender insight.  A game winning moment he will never forget as he fights the battle of his life.

Josh Sexton will have last chemotherapy treatment at the end of the month. His family is praying that the cancer has not spread to other parts of  his body.

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