This film is based on the true story of Eric Swensen (John Savage), a 17-year-old boy who is diagnosed with leukemia as he's on the verge of starting college and trying out for the school's soccer team. Eric has to undergo extensive treatment for his illness, but he inspires his mother, Lois (Patricia Neal), father Stan (Claude Akins) and younger brother Paul (Mark Hamill) with his courage. While in the hospital, he also meets and falls in love with nurse Marilyn Porter (Sian Barbara Allen).
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