FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College men's basketball team adopted Josh Sanchez as part of the Adopt-A-Child Program through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation on Thursday. Josh, a 10-year-old who has battled cancer for most of his young life, spent the morning shooting hoops in Fitzgerald Gym with the team and staff along with his family.
"It went great," said head coach Matt Collier. "Josh (and his brothers) interacted with the players before, during and after practice. I asked him if he wanted to be a part of the team after watching us practice, and he said yes! We are looking forward to him being part of the QC basketball family."
Josh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at age four. He bravely underwent chemotherapy for 3.5 years and is now thriving in remission. ALL is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).
Josh's favorite sport is basketball, and he is currently the manager for his school basketball team, the "Hot Shots" at P.S. 107 in Flushing. He also enjoys soccer, bike riding, skateboarding and playing Xbox. Josh was joined by parents Monica and George and has three siblings, Jacob, JD and Jayda.
Josh will be in attendance at the Knights' next home game, as part of Coaches vs. Cancer, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, against ECC opponent Molloy at 7:30 p.m. He will sit on the team's bench and will be introduced at the game.
For more information on the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, click here.