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Memphis Tiger takes advantage of life's 'third chance'

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(WMC-TV) - A University of Memphis student is choosing to stay positive, despite some big life obstacles.

Not everyone would see having cancer twice as 'lucky.' But that is exactly how James White chooses to look at his life, as he makes the most of his 'third' chance.

He may not have a spot on the hardwood during a game, but White plays an integral part in the Memphis Tigers' success on the court.

"We prepare, we break down the last 5 or 6 games of the opposing team, so we'll know their plays, their players and tendencies, what they like to do," said James White, University of Memphis basketball video coordinator.

As a video coordinator for the Tigers basketball team, White is responsible for making sure the coaches and players have all the info they need before they lace up.

But there was a time when White's dream of one day coaching in college basketball seemed a distant hope.

At age six, he was diagnosed with Lymphobalstic Leukemia for the first time.

"I was lucky enough to have cancer twice," White said. "It was on my very last chemo day after my initial treatment, which was about two and a half years, that they declared a relapse, isolated in central nervous system, and I started treatment again."

Now, White is a healthy 21-year-old college student who has been cancer-free for 11 years. He shares his story and even rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange where he was a guest of honor for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"He's overcome a lot of obstacles obviously. He's a very high character young man, if he decides that he wants to coach, the avenue he wants to take, he'd make an excellent coach," said Tigers' Head Coach Josh Pastner.

"I know God has given me a lot of abilities, and I've been able to use those, and he keeps opening doors," explained White. "So we'll see what the future holds."

James played basketball in high school at White Station, where he was actually teammates with Tigers' players Joe Jackson and Ferrakohn Hall.

He says they used to give him pointers on the court, so it is only fair while he is realizing his dream, he can help them with theirs.

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