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Rox reward cancer patient with 35th-round pick

DENVER -- Justin Solomon spent the past year of his life in a grueling battle with cancer, and for that he was rewarded with what he called "the greatest moment of his life" -- being drafted by the Rockies in the 35th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

"This is probably the biggest thing that has ever happened to me," said Solomon, who recently graduated from Piedra Vista High School in Farmington, N.M., told the Farmington Daily Times. "When I got cancer, I thought baseball was done for me. It is amazing how much it has still been a part of my life."

Solomon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last July, according to the Daily Times. Rockies regional scout Chris Forbes has fought leukemia, too. Forbes took it upon himself to make sure Solomon became one of 1,238 players drafted this week.

"I was bugging the guys to death about it in the Draft room," Forbes told the Daily Times. "I was dead-set on doing my best to draft him.

"I gravitate towards people like Justin. Drafting him was a no-brainer. This is something he can hold onto forever. He can always say, 'I was a 35th rounder with the Rockies in 2012."

DENVER -- Justin Solomon spent the past year of his life in a grueling battle with cancer, and for that he was rewarded with what he called "the greatest moment of his life" -- being drafted by the Rockies in the 35th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

"This is probably the biggest thing that has ever happened to me," said Solomon, who recently graduated from Piedra Vista High School in Farmington, N.M., told the Farmington Daily Times. "When I got cancer, I thought baseball was done for me. It is amazing how much it has still been a part of my life."

Solomon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last July, according to the Daily Times. Rockies regional scout Chris Forbes has fought leukemia, too. Forbes took it upon himself to make sure Solomon became one of 1,238 players drafted this week.

"I was bugging the guys to death about it in the Draft room," Forbes told the Daily Times. "I was dead-set on doing my best to draft him.

"I gravitate towards people like Justin. Drafting him was a no-brainer. This is something he can hold onto forever. He can always say, 'I was a 35th rounder with the Rockies in 2012."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.