Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton just fulfilled the wish of a terminally ill boy in a beautiful way by visiting him at an Atlanta hospital on December 27, DailyMail.com reports.
The boy, 10-year-old Taylor Austin Deckard, suffers from advanced pulmonary hypertension and is set to undergo a risky operation on December 30.
Newton, who was named the NFL's MVP for last season back in February, is Deckard's favorite player.
Deckard's physical education teacher, Courtney Cooper, posted about the boy's condition and his desire to meet Newton on social media a week before the Carolina QB came to the hospital.
The post said,
This is my student, Austin. Just three short weeks ago, Austin's life was changed forever. He was diagnosed with advanced pulmonary hypertension. His prognosis is not good. Just before Thanksgiving, I was headed to an Auburn football game. Austin was in awe of this. He also told me he "wished Cam Newton could come to his birthday party." Austin may not ever make it to an Auburn football game but I know social media is a strong force that can make things happen. Let's use it for something positive and spread this like wildfire and somehow, someway get the word to Cam Newton and give this precious little boy his wish.
Deckard's birthday isn't until February, but it's not clear whether he will make it to that point. This is why Cooper felt the need to find a way to reach Newton now.
Fortunately, it worked, and the boy's wish was fulfilled. The touching moment the boy met his hero was caught on video.
After the emotional meeting, Cooper thanked Newton in a Facebook post,
I may not ever meet you and that's OK, but what you did for this special little kid tonight made my year and shows compassion and love that we can all learn something from. I know I will never forget this moment, that hug and this video. And I know without a doubt that Taylor Austin won't either.
Newton is truly living up to his nickname of "Superman." Sometimes the most heroic things athletes do occur off the field.