This is what Ben does during that year:
1. He keeps his illness a secret.
After all, why put his family and friends through the grief? Besides, chemotherapy is difficult and painful.
2. He goes after his fantasy girl, Dallas Suzuki.
He gets her.
3. He becomes a football star.
Net easy for a short, 123 pound kid to pull off.
4. And some other things.
He ticks off his social studies teacher on a daily basis with his smart aleck attitude..