Daisy Days at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A local student is getting the chance of a lifetime, thanks to CHOP, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

It all comes very naturally to James Sadowski of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Whether it's breaking down his favorite sport or meeting his favorite players.

His optimistic outlook was a blessing when James was diagnosed with lymphoma in November.

"It was a mast and it was pressing on my heart valve. The plan was to go through 4 months of chemotherapy. I went through 6 rounds of it," said James.

James spent weeks at CHOP for treatment, but his enthusiasm never wavered.

"They called me the mayor. I kind of tried making other kids, who were put in this situation, give them hope," said James.

After four months of rigorous treatment, James was declared cancer free in March.

He said, "They killed this thing off. There's nothing anywhere else in my body. And now I'm in remission, and I'm starting the whole healing process, which I'm doing pretty darn well with."

As part of the healing process James was invited to tour the Philadelphia Eagles practice facility.

"I've been and eagles fan my whole life. I've always wanted to meet them. And, to get this opportunity you know is a dream come true," said James.

He visited the weight room, and he walked on the practice field.

His favorite player Jordan Matthews, not only signed his ball, but hooked up with him on social media.

James says, "He wants me to get out to a game sometime, the home opener against the Cleveland Browns."

James future is looking bright.

"Now you know, I get to live my life, and eventually go to college, and have a family." he said.

Laurie Wirth, James' Mother said, "James has a lot of courage, and I am just so proud of him. He is my hero.

Action news invites you to join us today for a special event to help in the fight against pediatric cancers.

We are teaming up with CHOP's Daisy Days charity, for a donation drive to raise money for pediatric cancer research, and the care of young cancer patients.

Volunteers, and some very special guests, will be here manning phone lines at our 6abc studios.

They will be taking your donations today, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 pm.
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