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5-year-old cancer survivor scores at Browns practice


Trent Richardson played lead blocker Saturday at the Cleveland Browns' "Family Night" practice. His teammate on this night was 5-year-old cancer survivor Ryan Encinas who juked, dodged and scampered his way to a 40-yard touchdown to close out the night in front of 24,131 cheering fans.

"To be at that stadium and having everyone yelling his name, yelling for him and cheering him on, I can't imagine," Robert Encinas, Ryan's father, told the team's official website. "There's nothing that he's afraid of. He's so happy to meet anybody and everybody. (The Littlest Heroes) thought that would be the perfect fit, a boy that would be excited and thrilled, not scared, and very outgoing."

The idea for the run came from coach Rob Chudzinski's 7-year-old son Kaelan after he saw a similar play in a Nebraska spring game, according to the Plain Dealer.

"Anything we can do to make somebody's day better, I'm all for it," Chudzinski said.

Encinas is two years removed from being diagnosed with Pleuropulmonary Blastoma (PPB), which is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that has a nearly 80 percent recurrence rate.

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