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Josh Borrelli stars on court, treats rare disease at tanning salon


Shawnee (Medford, N.J.) senior guard Josh Borrelli asked his dad to take him to the tanning salon for his first few visits so he could tell the staff that his son wasn't there to prepare for Spring Break, but rather for medical treatment.

"I was kind of embarrassed that they would think I was a guy who wanted to get tan," Borrelli recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Borrelli has Mucha-Habermann, an extremely rare autoimmune disease that manifests itself as a skin disorder. When he was first diagnosed with the disease in eighth grade, he was believed to be the only person in the country to have it.

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The disease, which has no known cause and no known cure, went into remission for nearly four years, but resurfaced before the start of basketball practice this season. Borrelli takes medication and spends eight minutes a day in a tanning bed, but he hasn't let the disease slow him down on the court. He scored at least 20 points in each of Shawnee's first four games.

"Sometimes, you get a little tired of it, going there all the time or going to the doctors all the time," Borrelli said. "But I understand I have to do it. It's just a bump in the road."

Here's video of Borrelli in action.

Thanks to Prep Rally for the heads up.

 

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