11-year-old's fight inspires Mark Sanchez

January, 6, 2011
1/06/11
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Every now and then a story comes along to put sports into proper perspective.

They're not life and death. Even in the playoffs.

ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini shared the story of New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and the fast bond he developed with 11-year-old Aiden Binkley.

"He brought me so much inspiration," Sanchez said while unsuccessfully trying not to choke up Tuesday on ESPN 1050 in New York. "It's hard to talk about him. He meant the world to me. I felt like I've known him forever. ... I saw his personality. I saw his competitive spirit. I saw him fighting every day.

"I'm complaining about a shoulder. Are you kidding me? ... I think he was 11 years old, and he has cancer eating away at his body. This kid is fighting every day. He's smiling every time I talk to him. I visited him at his home. I mean, he has to get carried up the stairs because he's so weak and all he wants to talk about is LT [LaDainian Tomlinson] and Darrelle Revis and Rex Ryan and me.

"Oh, man, it kills you, just thinking about it. I love him to death."

Read the story. If you have kids, give them big hugs as soon as you see them. Call your parents and let them know you're thinking of them.

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