A little Star - Jack Mullens

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When Jack Mullens was six, doctors discovered he had a cancer which attacks soft tissue. After intensive chemotherapy and three years he now has the all-clear and is back playing rugby for his school.

Jack was playing with a plastic bow and arrow set with his brother and sister when he was hit in the testicles and was in a lot of pain.

After a series of tests and scans he was invited back to the hospital, he had not been in any pain but the lump was changing.

Doctors made the decision to remove Jack’s testicle and the tumour, two weeks later they went back to the hosptial to find out exactly what the tumour was: a soft tissue cancer called para testicular rhabdomyosarcoma

Months of chemotherapy were prescribed for Jack, but (like so many of us) he developed an infection and had to stay in hospital for three weeks, during which he lost a lot of weight and his hair.

Little Star awards are given to children who are currently battling cancer or have undergone treatment for the disease in the past five years by Cancer Research UK.

Each child receives a trophy and has a certificate signed by celebrities, including Dr Who star David Tennant and Kylie Minogue.

Joe Boitano plays his heart out!

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Joe Boitano steps on to the field for Canyon del Oro, and he’ll stay for as many plays as possible…

He’s playing for three seasons of lost time! Boitano found a lump on his left testicle just before the 2006 season, his preseason physical led to an ultrasound revealing the growth. There was a 95 percent chance it was cancer, Boitano said:

“When I went to see the cancer specialist and he started talking about chemotherapy and radiation, that’s when things got crazy,” “And then he told me how it could spread quickly if I didn’t get it taken care of. That’s when I knew it was serious.”

Doctors wanted to operate immediately and remove the growth and his left testicle. They were honest with him letting him know that he would have to grow up really quickly and deal with this. They also told him the positives, that he would still be able to have children and other things that were worrying him. Two weeks later, the growth was revealed to be benign, but if left to grow could have become cancerous. Boitano said:

“It put a lot of things into perspective,” “The whole thing made me the person I am now. It ended up being kind of a blessing because I know now that I can get through anything, even that.”

8 weeks later he was back in football pads attempting to find form:

“My first set of gassers (exercises), I thought my lungs were going to catch fire. But no one was letting me slack,”

He called a team meeting and explained his abscence - the team rallied around him. Showing their support as teammates who share a locker room can do. Nicknames like “Uniballer” were heard between lockers. Scott Boitano said:

“Joe is exceptionally open about of all this, and one of the ways that he’s been able to deal with it is by making fun at his own expense a little bit,” “That doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for him.”

Joe has just finished his first full season of games, now that’s an achievement!

Lance Armstrong, could he race for the polls?

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Fresh from directing state cancer research, Lance Armstrong is now ready to take the presidential candidates on how they’ll help us all to fight this disease!

But what lies beyond that for the 36-year-old cyclist and cancer survivor? Political professionals believe he has taken enough steps in the last year, that few people would find it difficult to imagine an Armstrong candidacy.

Mr. Armstrong declined to be interviewed about what, if any, political ambitions he has.