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Teen Cancer Patient Cheers on Texas Rangers

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    One of the Rangers' biggest fans is rooting for the team from his hospital bed. (Published Friday, Oct 14, 2011)

    One of the Texas Rangers' biggest fans is rooting on the team from his hospital bed.

    Josh Box, 19, is a cancer patient at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

    "Whenever I watch baseball, it makes me feel like I don't have anything wrong with me," Box said Friday. "I've been a baseball fan my whole life."

    He and his family have been watching the AL championship series in his hospital room.

    "Yesterday, it was me, Mom and Dad in here," he said. "We were hollering and everything. The nurses come running in here."

    Box, of Graford, discovered he had a tumor in his left hip in July.

    "It is kind of hard, you know, because I really like going to the games," he said.

    While a patient at Cooks, Box has met some of the Rangers' biggest stars, such as Ian Kinsler.

    "He was pretty awesome," Box said.

    He also met C.J. Wilson.

    "It was pretty cool," Box said. "He gave out lots of signed hats and stuff."

    But another Ranger, left fielder Josh Hamilton, is his inspiration.

    "He's been through a lot of stuff and overcome it, and I just really like that," Box said.

    Like so many fans, his best memory is Nelson Cruz's grand slam in the 11th inning of Game 2 Monday night -- and his repeat performance Wednesday night.

    "Deja vu -- same thing," he said.

    Box still faces months of treatment, but for now, it seems to be working.

    X-ray scans show his tumor is a fraction of the size it was.

    As the young cancer patient hopes for his own fast recovery, he's cheering his favorite team's push for a pennant.

    "Hurry up and get it over with," he said.