Ethan is a lot like most boys his age.

He's competitive.

He enjoys food.

And when it comes time to his favorite football team, Penn State, he gets pretty excited to say the least.

"Penn State will score a touchdown and he tears around the house and he runs outside,” said Katie Malozzi, Ethan’s mom.

But there is something that makes Ethan a little different.

"in 2014 he woke up one night with pretty bad back pain which was unusual because he is normally an easy going kid. They went in and looked at the mass and a surgeon took it out and it was cancerous and his survival rate was pretty low,” said Katie.

Two main things helped him get through some of the toughest times, his siblings.

"When I was in the hospital getting treatment they would bring me dinner games and stuff to play,” said Ethan Malozzi, 11-year-old cancer survivor.

And a lot of Penn State football.

"I watched my favorite team score they could be doing something else with me on the side and it just helped me get my mind off of that and get me through that,” said Ethan.

This week marks Ethan’s third year of being cancer free.

"A blessing, answered pray for sure we always say he's our miracle,” said Katie.

This weekend a group called Special Spectators along with the Reese's Senior Bowl and his favorite player, all teamed up to give Ethan the surprise of a lifetime.

Penn State’s all-time winningest quarterback, Trace McSorley took time out of his day to come meet Ethan.

"I think he is an awesome guy. I love him. He's so good and I can’t wait to see who he gets drafted to,” said Ethan.

An unforgettable weekend.

"Every minute we are not given every day so the fact that I have my son here on earth, it's incredible,” said Katie.

For a special young fan.

"That’s all you got to say to yourself, you can do it. You can grow up and be awesome,” said Ethan.

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