UConn pitcher, 6-year-old linked by cancer fights


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Published 12:35 p.m. ET Jan. 14, 2017 | Updated 9 minutes ago

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — It began for UConn pitcher Ryan Radue as a small role in a team effort to help a sick child.

Now a cancer survivor himself, the graduate student says it’s the boy from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, who has showed him how to approach that battle.

The Huskies held a signing ceremony in April 2015, welcoming 5-year-old leukemia patient Grayson Hand to the club as part of program called Project Impact, which links teams and seriously ill children.

Grayson received an honorary letter of intent, a jersey and a hat. He got to hang out with the players and be introduced at the annual alumni game with the rest of the team. Radue, from Appleton, Wisconsin, said he thought it was cool the Huskies helped put a smile on a child’s face. But Grayson, Radue said, is almost always smiling.

About five months later, Radue received his own cancer diagnosis.

The knee pain he had been feeling was a tumor….

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