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Heart of a Champion: The Story of Martin Miller

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WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. - Cross country is not for the fainthearted, but one Mercer County 14-year-old has overcome even more roadblocks in order to go the distance.
 
Martin "Marty" Miller is a three time cancer survivor who is inspiring others to follow his lead.
 
"Marty just tells me he's just happy to go across the finish line. He says he knows he'll never be first but he knows he'll never be last," says Marty's mom, Hilda Miller.
 
Marty, who is legally blind, uses special equipment to help him tackle everyday tasks.
 
"He's a special boy," Hilda Miller says.
 
At 10 months old, Marty's right eye had to be removed, and his left eye treated, for a rare cancer called retinoblastoma. His mom said that their faith got them through the darkness.
 
"I had to give him to God and God, I feel, healed him and from that day on. I knew Marty was going to be an angel on earth," Hilda Miller says.
 
Marty is used to overcoming the toughest obstacles.
 
"Marty's so positive. His work ethic rubs off on our kids, you know he'll go by and tell you good job when you should be telling him good job," says West Middlesex Cross Country head coach Bob Morris.
 
He doesn't need vision to see the brotherly love all around him.
 
"I'd kind of encourage him, tell him where to go. A lot of times he'll just grab onto my shoulder and he'll just run with me," says Marty's close friend and teammate Carl Hoover.
 
On race day, Coach Morris makes sure the conditions are safe for Marty.
 
"Yeah, I do listen for people running behind me and stuff," Marty says.
 
Marty's also guiding his teammates to witness valuable life lessons.
 
"If Martin can do it, then anyone can do it!" Hoover says. "Yes we are winners but there's some glories that don't come out of winning, like just watching Martin finish kind of inspires the team to do better." 
 
The journey of life isn't always fair, but with perseverance Marty didn't let this change his direction.
 
His outlook is a shining light that makes it clear in this race he has already won.
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