WATCH: West Carrollton middle school amputee/cancer survivor makes first basket

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Austin Kline, an eight greater at West Carrollton Middle School, makes his first 3-point basket. Kline is a bone cancer survivor and amputee. His basket set off a celebration in the gym.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Sometimes a jump shot is worth more than points.

Take, for instance, the case of Austin Kline, who could be seen on Facebook this week banking in the first shot of his career for the eighth-grade basketball team at West Carrollton.

Why was Kline’s shot special?

Because it represents another milestone in his recovery from bone cancer.

Austin’s mother, Tracie Thomas, told this news organization her son enjoyed playing baseball when he was younger.

However, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his lower right leg amputated when he was eight.

“He played a lot of baseball before getting sick and then he tried it once after and didn’t do so well, so he moved on to a different sport,” Thomas said.

Enter basketball.

Kline is new to the game, but it offers him a chance to get active again.

And, it turns out, to become a little bit of an internet star.

The video popping up on social media was a surprise, but Thomas said her son didn’t mind at all.

“He said it was awesome.”

Way to go, Austin!

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