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Cancer can't keep 8 year old from shining moment

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Like his father, Jordan Samples loves baseball.  That's made the last four months even more difficult.  In November, doctors discovered that Jordan had a brain tumor.  With radiation treatments and an emergency surgery in January, the eight year old hasn't been able to play the game he loves.

Thursday night was Jordan's chance to return to the field.  Jordan had the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Rose City Classic high school baseball tournament.  Jordan also received his own Tyler Lee baseball jersey, cap and signed team baseball.

"He said, 'This is cool,'" said Jordan's mother Jacqueline Samples.  "I think on a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10 for him."

Samples says the cancer her son is fighting is very rare for children and doctors say the survival rate is low.  Jordan finished radiation treatments on Tuesday and will be free for the next four weeks.  Strong in faith, Jordan's family isn't giving up.  Jacqueline hopes to one day see her son play baseball again.

"He said, 'I'm going to be a baseball player,'" said Samples.  "He didn't say I want to or I hope or wish. He said I'm going to be a baseball player, so I told him I'm going to hold him to that."

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