A year ago, when 16-year-old Warriors lineman Landon Hagwood befriended a younger boy at the hospital, they bonded over their love of football and their shared jersey number of 52. And together, they defeated the most formidable adversary an athlete could face: cancer.

To brighten the spirits of his new friend, 10-year-old Aiden Rozier, Landon used his own birthday money to buy Rozier an Xbox. The gift restored some normalcy and pleasure during their taxing treatments of chemotherapy.

“He’s got a huge heart,” said Landon’s mother, Deesha, who calls her son a hero.

“My definition of a hero is forever changed after seeing the strength, bravery and courage of a child fighting cancer,” she said. “And there are far too many heroes in the world of childhood cancer than my heart can handle or fathom. My personal hero calls me Mom.”

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