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Fordham to 'adopt' young cancer survivor

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Updated: 9/11/2013 1:05 pm

New York, NY (Sports Network) - They say how a college football team prepares during the week can lead to a win on a Saturday.

What will take place after Fordham University's football practice on Thursday is an unquestioned win for the Rams.

Head coach Joe Moorhead and the Rams will add a new teammate to the roster when they officially adopt 12-year-old New York City native Jonah Shainberg through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

Shainberg was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but is now cancer free following treatments. The tumor, however, caused a stroke and he still suffers from some side effects of the stroke.

He will attend the end of Fordham's practice with his parents, Laryssa and Joshua Shainberg, then be formally introduced to the team by representatives from the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

Team members also will present Shainberg with his own locker in their locker room and have dinner with him in the school cafeteria.

The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children suffering with pediatric brain tumors and their families. It matches a child with a college or high school sports team to form a priceless relationship.

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