The Test of a Champion: A 4-Year-Old’s Battle With Cancer


 He’s far from being a normal 4-year-old, in fact for some he’s more of a superhero.

For years we’ve been following Hines Rotriga’s fight against stage IV neuroblastoma.

“As of right now things are going good, we’re happy with the results,” said Hines dad Kevin Rotriga.  

Hines’ parents have been by his side every step of the way.

His mom Debbie is with him in New York and his father father Kevin has been putting in long hours on the road, driving hundreds of miles to and from as often as he can.

“Its never easy but all I can do is keep looking at the bigger picture and focus on the I’m gonna go back, but its tough – its tough,” added Kevin.  

It has not been an easy battle for the Rotriga family.

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Hines has been fighting cancer for most of his young life, but through it all the family has found an uncommon strength.

“Positive is a big – big word in our household. That’s one of the most powerful things is just keeping positive. If I’m going to cry, I go and do it in another room. I just think it’s a very powerful thing is to stay positive,” said Kevin.

Through the tears and I.V. bags hospital beds and hugs, the Rotrigas have remained positive, but sometimes even the strongest people need help and the Ohio Valley has done just that, to help a little boy that has captured their hearts.

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