10-year-old cancer survivor visits Norwich basketball team
NORTHFIELD, Vt. (WHDH) -- -
Jimmy Giroux is only ten years old but he got the college treatment at Norwich University Monday and was signed as a member of the Norwich men's basketball team.
"I was thinking about trying to do something like this. The idea came out of Sammi Chickering's mouth. She said have you ever heard of Team Impact? Team Impact is a group that pairs kids who have health issues with intercollegiate teams,” the coach said.
When Jimmy was just eight months old he was diagnosed with leukemia.
After years of treatments and surgeries Jimmy is cancer free.
The treatments were severe, and have permanently affected Jimmy's growth, but that doesn't stop him from living life to the fullest.
"It's been an emotional rollercoaster. We've had our ups, we've had our downs. More downs than ups but lately we've had more ups,” Jimmy’s dad said.
So jimmy arrived at Norwich University to sign his official letter of intent.
“Jimmy will be a great addition to our team. He's a tremendous competitor, he's a great teammate, a good student. He's going to be great in, on, and off the court. And without further ado, you have to sign your national letter of intent,” coach said.
And just like that, jimmy was a cadet.
"It's an honor to do this. Because most people wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing,” Jimmy said.
Jimmy was in uniform for the team’s game Monday night.
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