Rutgers University took a few moments during a recent men's basketball game to honor a Toms River boy who overcame the odds to beat a rare type of cancer.

12-year-old Hudson Yahara was brought out to center court during the January 25th game between Rutgers and Nebraska and was honored by the University and RWJBarnabas Health as the "Shining Knight of the game".

Photo courtesy of Rutgers Athletics
Photo courtesy of Rutgers Athletics

Here's Hudson's story, courtesy of an official press release:

In the fall of 2016, then 9-year old, Hudson Yahara was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in his calf. An active and energetic boy who enjoyed football, lacrosse and wrestling, Hudson was now facing the battle of his life, under the care of Drs. Margaret Masterson and Rahul Parikh and the world class team from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health.

After a year-long treatment plan that included months of chemotherapy, surgery, an innovative proton therapy treatment and physical therapy, Hudson was on the road to recovery.

Today, surrounded by his loving family and with the support of the medical team from the Rutgers Cancer Institute - New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center…Hudson is cancer-free!

Since this past Rutgers football season, the university has already honored more than half a dozen Shining Knights, kids and young adults who have overcome various healthcare challenges.

Hudson's recognition was the first Shining Knight ceremony during a basketball game at Rutgers. The Rutgers wrestling team has also named a pair of Shining Knight honorees this season, too.

You can click here for more from Rutgers Athletics about the Shining Knight honorees so far.


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