Community celebrates first grader who battled cancer twice

SALISBURY, Md. – One young boy has faced two incredibly tough battles with cancer but he’s won them both. So, to celebrate, the community came out to honor him and his family. Tuesday was anything but an ordinary day at Beaver Run Elementary School as Salisbury first responders drove a fellow everyday hero to school.

“I told them about Junior and his story and they were like ‘We can make a special occasion for this’,” says Grace Olinde, a teacher at Beaver Run Elementary School Robert Street Campus.

Junior Rodriguez-Zamudio has beat stage four liver cancer, twice. And he’s only in first grade.

“It’s not easy but a lot of people have helped. Like everybody has helped us and that’s made it easier,” says Javier Rodriguez, Junior’s father.

But this was a chance for Junior to feel like a kid again, forget about time spent in the hospital and instead celebrate being cancer free.

“It’s been pretty special. The whole school has supported us the whole time, supported him and we just wanted to make it a school event to celebrate all that Junior has been through and accomplished,” says Olinde.

Junior, a strong young man, is inspiring his community and reminding us all there’s always a silver lining.

“People are always calling us when things are bad and it’s really nice to be able to do something that’s very good, has a very positive outcome,” says Deputy Chief Jim Gladwell with the Salisbury Fire Department. “This is something his family will treasure for the rest of his life.”

Junior’s family and teachers say the community’s outpouring of support has been incredible. They want to thank local businesses like Market Street Inn and Bank of Delmarva for helping this family.

From all of us here at 47 ABC: we’re rooting for you, Junior!

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