Josh Borelli is his basketball team's star player, but he also is special in another way.
He has a condition called Mucha-Habermann, an extremely rare skin disorder that causes lesions to develop all over the body.
He discovered he had the autoimmune disease one day in eighth grade when it appeared out of nowhere.
“One day I woke up in the eighth grade and I had red lesions all over my body so I went to the doctors. It was the first or second case he’s seen in his 40 year practice.”
Here's what the doctor said:
“This disease is so rare that most dermatologists don’t see it in their entire practice. It’s something that we read about but don’t see.”
After being place on medication, his doctor thought of an interesting different way to treat the condition. He ordered the high schooler to attend daily visits to the tanning salon.
Here's what Josh said:
“My dad went with me the first couple of times to the tanning salon because I was a bit nervous.”
The treatment was INCREDIBLY effective. In fact, Josh is ordered by the doctors to go to the tanning salon every day. Currently, his skin is back to its normal peachy self.
And his health has not affected his basketball game at all. He's just two points shy of scoring 1,000 points in his career.
Is Josh surprised his game hasn't fallen off?
Here's what he said:
“If anything it’s probably helped. There’s people out there worse off than I am so I’m real lucky.”
So cool. What an amazing story!!