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Teen with cancer plays every position in baseball game

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NEWTON, Kan. (NBC) - A Kansas teen that was diagnosed with cancer got the chance to play every position in a game of baseball as a way to send a message about the fight he has ahead of him.

On Joseph Bisterfeldt day in the Kansas town of Newton, the 15-year-old proved he is no ordinary teen.

"I'm an overcomer. I'm willing to take on a challenge," Bisterfeldt said, who loves nothing more than stepping into the batter's box. "It gives me something to do to feel like everyone else."

Last year, Bisterfeldt was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He went through weeks of treatment and still feels the effects of cancer every day.

"He sees black spots, has problems with his movement and coordination, but he's a fighter and brings strength to all the people he's around, and an overcomer," said Bobby Bisterfeldt, Joseph's father.

As a new season of Babe Ruth baseball started, his coach and others had an idea: Have Joe play all nine positions in a game. More than 300 people from the community and his teammates rallied behind him.

"One thing led to another, and it just ballooned from there into this great event. We're going to raise money for cancer research and a scholarship for Joe," said Scott Seirer of the Newton Babe Ruth League.

Joseph started behind the plate, went to the outfield, back to the infield, to the pitcher's mound and then stepped up to plate.
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