Oak Grove, surrounding communities rally for eighth-grader who has cancer

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As if a cancer diagnosis at the age of 12 isn’t hard enough, Jordan Rodriguez successfully fought it, only to find out last month it’s back and much worse than before.

Rodriguez received a standing ovation from the Oak Grove Panthers and their Odessa opponents when he received a jersey for the team he wants to be part of some day.

Rodriguez won round one against cancer in 2016, but the cancer has spread from his brain to his spine, chest and tailbone.

“We don’t know much time we are going to get," said Jenny Bales, Rodriguez' mother. "We don’t know. We are just trying to make the best of it and make every moment count.”

His home and surrounding towns have been cheering him on. The mayor of Oak Grove read a proclamation, calling Wednesday "Our Hearts are with Jordan Day."

His biggest smile came when the booster club gave him his own letter jacket.

"I think it's pretty amazing," he said. "I think it's pretty cool. I love the jacket and I have always wanted one of these."

One of his bucket list items is to go to Comicon, which is in Kansas City this weekend. He would also like to see an NBA game and he would like to meet Ariana Grande.

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