Six-year-old Joseph Orecchia, who goes by JJ, has a rare form of bone cancer and needs to have his right leg amputated to slow down the disease.
His dad is a National Guard soldier, and Monday morning, members of his unit sat with family in solidarity as they waited to find out if the surgery would happen today. Doctors ended up postponing the procedure.
JJ's kindergarten class in Union City all wore yellow "Team JJ" shirts to school today in support of their classmate.
Even with the amputation, JJ may only survive a few years because of his cancer.