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Community rallies behind boy with cancer

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CLINTON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A community is rallying behind a local sixth grader diagnosed with leukemia.

As a football player, when he's not on the field, Justin Cole always roots for his team. But now his community in the Clinton County town of Elsie is rooting for Team JC.

"Thank you for all of the support. It's really helped," Justin said.

His mom Kirsten said they went to the hospital in September thinking Justin's blood sugar was low. They had no idea they were about to get the news of a cancer diagnosis.

"It hits you hard, hard. You want your kids to be healthy. Well, that's now what we're looking at," she said.

She said doctors gave her son an 85 percent chance of survival, but he still has a long battle ahead.

"Four years before you're considered cured. January 2020 is probably our last round of chemo," Kirsten Cole said.

The family is getting inspiration from an unlikely place, the Cleveland Browns. One of their players, Shon Coleman had leukemia at a young age and he beat it. He sent the family an autographed football to let them know they can win this fight.

"It kind of gives me inspiration that I can make it through this since he did the same exact thing," Justin said.

Justin wants to beat cancer so he can live and play football. His mom believes with all of her heart that's what he'll get.

"He said, 'Will I ever get to play underneath the lights?' Talking about high school and I said, 'Absolutely, we are playing underneath the light,'" Kirsten Cole said.

For now, Justin said he'll keep rooting for the Detroit Lions, but holding a special place in his heart for the Browns.

"I can't wait until this is gone," he said.

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