BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) - The Tufts University Football team invited a young boy diagnosed with cancer to become an official member of their team Wednesday.
Riley Roman, 8, of South Hadley signed a letter of intent, declaring him an official "Jumbo", after meeting Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in a Massachusetts hospital.
"I was at the hospital, just doing a visit and just happen to walk in his room," said Ninkovich.
Roman was an avid athlete before being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and undergoing surgery twice.
Signing the letter of intent fulfilled his lifelong dream of joining a football team.
"The first time I met him, we kind of just hit it off," added Ninkovich. "We had a great time together and just stayed close and to this day we still talk."
Roman and the Jumbos were brought together by Team Impact, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives if kids fighting serious illnesses.
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