Make-a-Wish helps local student's Super Bowl wish come true
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Alex Harris, a UNCW freshman who spent almost a year battling cancer, is finally getting to see his childhood dream of going to the Super Bowl come true.
Alex is an only child from Wake Forest, NC. As a senior in high school, he was diagnosed with Sarcoma cancer in his leg, just one week before his spring break.
He immediately took a year off from school and needed eight months of medical treatment including six weeks of radiation and 14 chemotherapy sessions.
During that timeframe, the family was referred to the Eastern North Carolina division of the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Alex was too weak to go to last year's game but now he's in remission. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Harris and 11 others are going to Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans to watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens.
"Football has always been a passion of mine," said Harris. "Going to the Super Bowl is a dream come true."
The Harris family will fly out to New Orleans and get a private tour of the Superdome on Friday before the big game on Sunday.
After the Super Bowl, Harris plans to set his sights on his next goal, "if you beat cancer, you can do anything. The sky's the limit," said Harris. "I would love to become a general manager in the NFL. That would be my dream job."
Harris has beaten cancer and is fully healthy but still has to visit his doctors at least twice a year for tests to make sure the cancer does not come back.