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Chris Falzone, a 15-year-old cancer survivor from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, signed a one-day contract with the New York Rangers on Monday, The New York Daily News reported. The once-in-a-lifetime signing was made possible by the Garden of Dreams Foundation and The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.

Chris, a huge hockey fan, was diagnosed with cancer during his freshman year of high school, Sports Illustrated reported. At first he was told he would need a full hip replacement, meaning he would never play the sport he loved again. But after extensive treatments he was allowed to resume playing hockey this past summer.

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Chris got to practice with the Rangers on Thursday before holding a press conference and contract signing on Monday, The Daily News reported. He also got to skate with the team before Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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He is a young man of great character and desire,” Adam Graves, former Ranger, said of Falzone at the press conference, “and we are proud and honored to have him as a part of the Rangers organization.”

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