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Youngest member of the Cornell Men's Hockey Team

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He's just 3 and half feet tall and about 60 pounds, he's camera shy but didn't shy away from the ice at Lynah Rink at Cornell University. Six year old Collin Toland is the youngest member of the men's hockey team. Our Crystal Cranmore has more on the story.

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- "He got a jersey with his name on it, him and his brother, we gave him a helmet for when he does come on the ice and we also have him a stall in the locker room so he's officially a part of our team," said Topher Scott, Assistant Coach Cornell Men's Hockey Team.

The Cornell Big Red welcomed Toland to the group at a signing ceremony Tuesday night. Collin is not only breaking barriers by being the youngest member of the team, he's had quite a journey in his life.

"At age 2, he woke up, it was the day of his birthday, he collapsed and was admitted to the emergency room. Later that day we found out that he had a rare form of cancer," said Ian Hayward, Collin's Father.

His treatment would include three brain surgeries and almost a year of chemotherapy. But he fought the disease.

A non-profit organization heard about his story and wanted to help.

Team Impact pairs children with life threatening illnesses with collegiate sports teams to help improve their lives and give them a network of supporters.

Collin is more than just a member of this team, players will tell you, he serves as an inspiration.

"He's been through so much as a little kid, as a 6 year old, not that many people go through that in their entire lifetime. So I think me and the team just get motivation from him. We can learn life lessons from him," said Patrick McCarron, Cornell University Men's Hockey Team.

And in return, Collin is gaining new friendships.

"To have a team open their doors to Collin and have them as mentors and a whole team of big brothers and not just him, his big brother, is an awesome gift," said Hayward.

A gift Collin and his family hope will last for years to come. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP