Cancer Survivor Honored At Basketball Game

Photo courtesy of Rutgers Athletics

  TOMS RIVER – This little boy is truly a “Shining Knight.”

  12-year-old Hudson Yahara was honored as the “Shining Knight” during the Rutgers Men’s Basketball Game.

  The Rutgers Athletics and Official Healthcare Provider, RWJBarnabas Health, applauded Yahara for surviving cancer, and was named the “Shining Knight” of the game. The title was created to highlight a pediatric patient, teenager or young adult going through any healthcare challenge. The program was first introduced during the football season, but now has carried over to the basketball season. Yahara was the first “Shining Knight” of the basketball season and was commemorated for his courage in battling cancer.

 At 9-years-old, Hudson Yahara was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his calf. The active boy had to stop his love for sports in order to combat cancer. Yahara went through months of chemotherapy, treatments, surgery and physical therapy. After the long process, he beat cancer and starting his journey to recovery.

  Yahara is now cancer free, all with the help of The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and of course with the love and support from his family.

  During a TV timeout, Yahara was escorted onto the court where the Scarlet Knight came out and saluted him as the “Shining Knight.” Yahara received a standing ovation for the crowd as he was honored for his bravery.