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Teen Befriended by Matt Kemp Succumbed to Brain Cancer
A sad update to a story that took off in early May. The 19-year old teenager Joshua Jones whom Matt Kemp gave his gloves, jersey and shoes at AT&T Park in San Francisco succumbed to brain cancer on Tuesday.
All of this came when the Dodgers were at their worst. They had just gotten swept by the Giants, but Kemp took the time after the game to reach out to Jones and go beyond the normal call of duty.
"Life is so much bigger than baseball," Kemp acknowledged at the time.
Jones struck a chord with Kemp so much that Kemp flew Jones and his family to Dodger Stadium on May 27.