Jose Vazquez Vinasco was a standout tennis player, just enjoying the game he loved until back pain became an issue. He soon learned it was cancer.

While such unfortunate news is enough to put a damper on anyone's spirits, Vinasco has hardly let the disease get to him. Instead, he's as jovial and as carefree as ever, understanding that cancer isn't what defines him as a person.

Check out Vinasco's amazing story, as well as his mother's optimism, in the video above.