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5-year-old cancer survivor scores touchdown in Cleveland Browns scrimmage

1:35 PM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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(CBS) The Cleveland Browns offense scored 28 touchdowns last season and they might score 28 touchdowns this season, but even if they do, there's a good chance none of them will be as memorable as the one scored by 5-year-old cancer survivor Ryan Encinas on Saturday.

Encinas, wearing his own personalized jersey, took a handoff from Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and ran 40 yards to the end zone for a touchdown that elicited loud cheers from the 24,131 fans in attendance at Cleveland's 'Family Night' practice held at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"That was cool," Weeden said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. "The kid is 5 years old, and he's been through a lot. I do a lot of stuff back home with Children's Hospital, so every time something like that happens, it brings a lump to your throat."

Encinas was only 2 years old when doctors found a cancerous tumor in his lung. However, Encinas beat the cancer and on Aug. 2, he celebrated two years in remission.

According to the Beacon Journal, coach Rob Chudzinski's 5-year-old son Kaelan came up with the idea for the Encinas touchdown run after seeing a highlight of 7-year-old Jack Hoffman score in Nebraska's spring game.

The touchdown run was set up by Littlest Heroes, a non-profit organization that helps children with cancer and their families.

"To have this moment in front of these fans in this stadium, I'm getting chills right now," rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo said. "I'm sure it meant a lot to that little kid."

You can watch Encinas' touchdown run above. And if you do, make sure you have a box of tissues handy, because you might need them.

John Breech, CBSSports.com; Video courtesy WOIO

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