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Local student wins national essay contest and meets Jackie Robinson's daughter

HOLLADAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A local elementary student gets a visit and a special award from baseball great, Jackie Robinson’s daughter.
HOLLADAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A local elementary student gets a visit and a special award from baseball great, Jackie Robinson’s daughter.

Steven Blodgett was diagnosed with a bone cancer in 2011. After 10 weeks of chemo he had to get his knee amputated, and then there was more chemo.

His mother Sonja Blodgett explains, “He's had more than just the average amputation challenge to get through."

Nearly 19,000 students from around the country wrote an essay for the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life Essay Contest. Steven, a student at Morningside Elementary School, wrote about his battle with cancer. His essay won him a national prize and a chance to meet Jackie Robinson’s daughter.

Sharon Robinson explained, "He talked about his own courage with his battle with cancer and it's really a very heart warming sort of long term story that he's been working on since 5 or 6. He's a real courageous kid."

Apparently a wonderful writer as well, but he almost kept his gift a secret; he wrote his essay using a pen name.

"So when we called in to validate that you know that this is the kid and he wrote the story, he said yes and by the way his real name is Steve Blodgett,” said Robinson.

It’s name you might want to watch out for. Steven plans on using his new computer he won in the contest to continue to write.
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