Josh Dickerson is a testament to Valvano's message of perseverance

November, 30, 2011
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There was a time when Josh Dickerson's future on the baseball diamond appeared to be in serious jeopardy.

Prior to the start of his sophomore year in 2009, Josh, an infielder on the O'Dea baseball team, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma — a soft-tissue cancer. But he wouldn't let it keep him away from the sport he loved.

Dickerson persevered through challenging chemo sessions in order to return to the field and continue his career. He did so last spring, taking the field on opening day to rejoin his teammates. His inspiring comeback is the embodiment of Jim Valvano's "Don't ever give up" motto.

The legendary college basketball coach had his life claimed by cancer in the early '90s but his message lives on through athletes like Josh. As part of the start of Jimmy V week here at ESPN, senior writer Jon Mahoney brings you Josh's story, which appeared in the Holiday Issue of ESPNHS.

Click here to read the complete Josh Dickerson story.

Click here to read more about Jimmy V Week.

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