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He Battles On The Baseball Diamond While Battling Cancer

Anthony Chiccitt's attitude is getting as much attention as his athletic skills


Anthony Chiccitt is a winner on the field, the court and the diamond.

He's a three sport athlete: quarterback of his high school football team, the Bethel Park (PA) Black Hawks, point guard on the basketball team, and second baseman for the varsity baseball team.

Pretty impressive, right?

But Anthony's athletic exploits aren't half as impressive as what he's fighting in his personal life.

Anthony is battling cancer.

Anthony was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in February. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports despite treatments, Anthony is playing baseball this spring.

"Any other kid could have packed it in for the year. I don't think the thought even crossed his mind," his coach Tony Fisher told the P-G's Mike White in a nice video that you can watch by clicking here.

The PG says Anthony's hitting over .300, despite scheduling treatments and tests around games and practice.

Anthony's attitude is really pretty amazing. Did you hear him say in the P-G video that the only time he's cried about his cancer was when he told his friends about the diagnosis?

"Whenever I told them and they're like you got this, we love you, that's when it really hit me that I have cancer."

Anthony is finished with his treatments. In fact, he rang his celebration bell on April 30 at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and posted it on his Twitter page.

Watch here:

"After a long and hard couple of months, I am more than happy to say that I have finished treatment! The bounce back is going to be something special" he wrote with his post.

Indeed!

Headed into his senior year, Anthony told the P-G he plans to be ready to play football in the fall. And he's already planning on playing at least one of his sports at the college level.

He's got videos up on line for prospective college coaches to watch his baseball, basketball, and football moves. And his Twitter posts include thank-you's to the schools he's visited so far.

Anthony tells the PG he'll be back for football in the fall, and wants to play some sort of ball in college.

At Sparkt, we've watched our founder Marty Griffin face cancer head-on, with no self-pity, and an attitude of wanting to use his story to help others.

That's why we're so impressed with Anthony's fearlessness and hopeful spirit. "Anyone going through a tough time, stay positive," he told the P-G. "You're going to have some bad days, but you can get through it."

(Images: Anthony Chiccitt Twitter page )

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