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Story of ten-year-old beating cancer goes viral, inspires millions

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We're catching up with a 10-year-old boy who has inspired millions after we posted his story on our Facebook page.

Josh Pita is beating cancer, continuing to play football, and spreading the word about pediatric cancer.

In the fall of 2010, after getting checked out for off-and-on fevers, the ten-year-old found out he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

"He sat up, and said 'I'm going to die,'" says Josh's mother, Laura. "Then when I told him, 'No not going to die, he threw himself back in his hospital bed, and whaled, 'I can't play football anymore.'"

Neither of those things happened.

For a year, Josh underwent chemotherapy, and continued to play on both sides of the ball.

Thank his surgeon for that.

"She said she would actually get a pair of shoulder pads and look at it," says Laura. "So that he would be able to put it in a place where he would be properly protected."

Nearly three years later, Josh plans to use his story to raise awareness and money toward a cute for pediatric cancer.

It is ranked the number one disease killer of children in America, and Josh has now become and advocate for a cure.

This September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Josh is going after the disease in the same way he goes after quarterbacks.

"In the jamboree, which was my first game, I had a six-yard sack," recalls Josh.

Josh even had the thrill of meeting with his beloved New York Giants. - The team is certainly aware of his cause now.

Things like that motivate him, and he motivates people.