This morning, I watched the “E:60″ story on Josiah Viera, the 6-year-old who suffers from Progeria. The disease is among the rarest in the world. It affects one child in four million — about 50 worldwide suffer from the disease right now, which causes a child to age quickly. Josiah’s body is about 60 to 70 years old. But he has inspired so many with his unbreakable spirit and love for baseball. Josiah met the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Howard and Terrell Owens was so impressed that he reached out to his mother this past weekend.
Tom Rinaldi does yet another incredible job with this feature on Josiah. And on this Thanksgiving, his story touched me and countless others who saw it on ESPN. If you happened to miss the show, you’ll want to take some time to watch. It’s inspiring and moving. And it serves as a reminder to live life to the fullest and stay positive when times get tough. It also shows the power of a simple game and the meaning and joy it can bring to life.
Josiah’s story after the jump.
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