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[VIDEO] Harvard Baseball Team Performs “Call Me Maybe” Cover

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This video was filmed by one of the baseball team player’s, Conner Hulse, and was obviously orchestrated. These guys aren’t just smart, they’re also extremely unembarrassed by lip-syncing and dancing to Carly Rae Jespen’s “Call Me Maybe”.

The video features Harvard students Jeff Reynolds, Steven Dill, Andrew Ferreira, Marcus Way, Kyle Larrow, Jon Smart and Joey Novak.

Jack Colton can also be seen, but he manages to sleep through the entire video.

The team’s antics were being used to highlight a good cause. The YouTube video, which has been viewed almost a million times, is linked to Friendsofjaclyn.net.

The charity raises money for provide a better quality of life for children who have brain tumours.

I must say, I enjoyed this.

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Meet the kid with the backward leg

Dailymail - When a doctor presented surgery options to parents of a cancer-stricken boy, one thing was made clear: He had to be able to play baseball again.

Now, Dugan Smith, 13, of Ohio, is pitching and playing first base, thanks to a unique procedure that turned his foot backwards.

It wasn’t a medical mishap or a doctor error – it was a bridge to getting the boy cancer-free and allowing him to keep most of his leg.

All smiles: Dugan Smith's calf now acts as his thigh, while his ankle has become his knee. Prosthetics do the restAll smiles: Dugan Smith’s calf now acts as his thigh, while his ankle has become his knee. Prosthetics do the rest
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Dugan was 10 when he fell from a tree and fractured his femur.

Recovery: Dugan missed his fifth grade year for additional treatments and chemotherapyRecovery: Dugan missed his fifth grade year for additional treatments and chemotherapy

Dr. Joel Mayerson told the Today Show that while undergoing treatment, a softball-sized malignant tumour was discovered in Dugan’s leg that was bleeding and polluting his muscles with cancer.

He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that’s extremely rare in children, and Dugan’s parents had a decision to make.

His leg would need to be amputated, and when a doctor presented a surgery that would turn his right foot around to save his leg, they listened.

His mother, Amy Miller said: ‘The pros out-weighed the cons.

‘The only thing that would stop us from doing it would be — well, his foot would be on backwards.’

The surgery involved cutting above and below Dugan’s knee to remove the tumour before flipping and reattaching the lower portion of his leg.

Now, Dugan’s calf is his thigh, and the ankle joint acts as his knee, while the foot is now his ankle. A prosthetic ankle and foot do the rest.

More importantly, he’s cancer-free and playing baseball again.

Back in action: Now 13, Dugan, pitching, is back on his baseball team, where he splits time between the mound and first baseBack in action: Now 13, Dugan, pitching, is back on his baseball team, where he splits time between the mound and first base
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His father Dustin Smith said: ‘If we would’ve opted for the one that would’ve looked the most normal, he wouldn’t have been able to do anything but walk.’

Dugan has admitted that the ordeal taught him an extremely valuable lesson.

He said: ‘Never give up, because 90 per cent of it is in your mind.’

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