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Romona's Kids: Man who lost leg to cancer bikes across Ohio to raise money for cancer

Josh lost his leg to cancer in 1992. (Source: WOIO) Josh lost his leg to cancer in 1992. (Source: WOIO)
Josh is now working to raise money for several charities. (Source: WOIO Josh is now working to raise money for several charities. (Source: WOIO
We first met Josh in 1992, when he was hospitalized for cancer. (Source: WOIO) We first met Josh in 1992, when he was hospitalized for cancer. (Source: WOIO)
ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) -

When Josh Godby says "Roll With It!" he really means it. The Elyria man is an amputee, but just finished riding a special hand-bike across Ohio to raise money for charity.

"I can do pretty much whatever I set my mind to," said Godby.

When we last met Josh in 1992, he was 11 years old, and had just lost his right leg to bone cancer, but nurses were inspired by his still sunny disposition.

"I remember having a bunch of fun, driving a remote control car, playing the Game Boy and laughing amidst all the sadness in the hospital room," said Godby.

Josh grew up, went to college and got a job, but then another illness left him unable to work, so he started the "Roll With It" charity.  

"I have been helped a lot in my life and I think it's our duty to help others as we have been helped," said Godby.

This year's ride benefits two other charities that mean a lot to him, the Wounded Warrior project and Ronald McDonald House.  

"I have several friends who came back from the wars overseas that were changed physically and mentally, and I come from a long military history in my family, and when I was that cancer kid, I saw Ronald McDonald House benefit so many lives," said Godby.

"I have one leg and half of a lung but I still have one other leg and one and a half lungs; you play the cards you're dealt, and use what you can," said Godby. "Be positive about it, and just roll with it."

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