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March 31, 2014

*NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick holds fundraiser for Orlando cancer patient


He's a senior at Dr. Phillips High School, an all-American swimmer and a water polo player. He's also battling stage four cancer of the esophagus.

Ian Supra's story has gone viral on social media over the past few months. We first introduced you to Supra in February.

On Sunday night, a fundraiser was held in the 18-year-old's honor in downtown Orlando, hosted by former *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick.

"They call him superman for a reason," said Kirkpatrick. "He's like not going through that himself right now but he is helping other kids fight this."

"*NSYNC was my jam in kindergarten, first grade, I used to know all the words to your songs but I forget them now," Supra said.

"So do I!" added Kirkpatrick, who laughed with Supra.

"But that was my jam," Supra said.

Meanwhile, Supra said after two rounds of chemotherapy he is feeling strong, especially with the support from his friends and family.

"I feel good! It's been two or three weeks now since I had treatment," explained Supra, who now sports a bald head.

"I had a scare one time about almost the same exact thing, even just the scare of it horrified me so bad I couldn't even imagine what he is going through," Kirkpatrick said. "For him to be standing here right now with the giant smile on his face and ready to fight the fight its heartwarming to me and he is the true hero."

"I don't want to just do this and just be it. I want to help other kids too," Supra said.

Ian Supra will begin his next round of chemotherapy Monday.

Supra's supporters have already raised more than $85,000 to help his family with medical expenses.

| Robin | 1:31pm |
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