Despite the endless tests and chemotherapy treatments, stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient, 18-year old John-Paul Dean competed and won.
You won’t expect a teenager with cancer to compete, let alone win. That is exactly what Pennsylvania’s Kennett High School senior John-Paul Dean did, and against all odds, won the long jump championship title for his high school.
Saying the Kennett High School track and field team needed him, was an understatement. They hadn’t won a track and field championship in over 25 years. Instead of getting the rest his doctor recommended, John-Paul, as the captain of his team, decided he had to not only compete, but he needed to win to keep his team’s hope alive.
So he set out to beat the opponents and competed in the long jump and triple jump, as well as the 4×100-meter relay helping his team clinch the track and field championship.
After that he went to his senior prom. All of that as a cancer patient. Now that’s an inspirational story of what it takes to be a true champion.