A tale inspired by a true story! 

The Founder of Tackles4Cancer co-wrote this story with six-year-old Van Johnson who was diagnosed with cancer while undergoing a routine physical for a flag football league in Sugarland, Texas. It is a battle that no six-year-old child should have to face.  But, face it, he does. Once his treatments begin, Van finds he must transition from the public school he attends to being homeschooled. Six-year-old Van Johnson’s biggest dream is that of getting well and returning once again to the football field.

Van Johnson’s story is one that will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings. 


The Tackle Cancer series by Dominic “Billy” Austin tells the inspirational tales of kids using their superpowers to beat cancer.  Writer, creator, cancer survivor, and former NFL star, Austin believes every child can be a superhero and beat cancer. He understands that one of the most important things we can do to help is to provide hope, faith, and love for kids battling this horrible disease. Dominic created the Tackle Cancer series as a means to infuse young readers with the conviction that they have what it takes to beat cancer.


Dominic "Billy" Austin and Van Johnson work together to bring you this childrens book about courage, hope, and strength; of digging deep within yourself to find your superpowers … and using those powers to wage the battle against cancer. It is a story that will inspire other pediatric cancer patients to seek their inner superhero!

Tackles4Cancer is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization.

September 2018 Pediatric Cancer Awareness.

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