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Young Alabama fan has dream day in Tuscaloosa after rare tumor diagnosis

Aubreigh Nicholas was able to meet with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban before Saturday’s game against Ole Miss.
Aubreigh Nicholas was able to meet with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban before Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

The University of Alabama helped a young girl’s dream come true this weekend with a football-filled Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

Aubreigh Nicholas, 10 of Semmes, Ala., “has a die hard allegiance to SEC football,” according to a post on the Aubreigh’s Army Facebook page.

She also suffers from a rare disease tumor as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, DIPG is a type of tumor that starts in the brain stem, which controls breathing, heart rate and the nerves and muscles used for seeing, hearing, walking and talking.

Aubreigh was diagnosed with DIPG only a few weeks ago on Sept. 12, according to a You Caring page started to help with medical costs.

Thanks to “Bama Nation” and the University of Alabama, Aubreigh and her family were able to tour the football facilities before Saturday’s game and meet mascot Big Al, the cheerleading team and a few football players.

She was also able to spend a few minutes with head coach Nick Saban.

“Army, wrapping up a very busy football day. Can't say enough about the Army, the Bama Nation and the University of Alabama for making a reality out of what was a week ago a long shot dream. Aubreigh like so many of our little girls has a die hard allegiance to SEC football. What the Tide and the University did today, beyond words,” the post reads.

Aubreigh also gave quarterback Jalen Hurts an “Aubreigh’s Army” bracelet, which he wore during the game against Ole Miss.

Many Alabama players honored another young child with cancer during Saturday’s game by wearing sweatbands reading “RIP CAM.”

According to 247Sports, Cameron Pruitt, 13 of Northport, Ala., passed away Friday after battling cancer since the age of 5.

Hurts in particular had a strong relationship with Cameron, telling 247Sports he had visited the boy four or five times in the past two weeks.

“When I’m down or something or something’s on my mind, just be strong and get through it because Cam did it. So, why can’t I?” Hurts said.

Lauren Gorla: 706-571-8647, @gorla94

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