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Cam Newton Flies To Atlanta On His Day Off To Visit Young Auburn Fan In The Hospital


Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton stepped up in a big way on his only day off.

He used Tuesday to hop a flight to Atlanta all to see 10-year-old Auburn super fan, Austin Deckard, who has advanced pulmonary hypertension.

The boy was recently diagnosed, and according to his teacher, Courtney Cooper, “his prognosis is not good.”

Cooper posted on Facebook last week about her student and his wish to meet Newton. Social media worked its magic and Deckard’s dream came true when Newton walked into his hospital room.

Take a look at the touching surprise:

Here’s Cooper’s full post:

I don’t normally post things like this but this special little guy needs our prayers in a big way. This is my student, Austin. Just 3 short weeks ago, Austin’s life was changed forever. He was diagnosed with advanced pulmonary hypertension. His prognosis is not good. He will have a procedure done next Wednesday that the doctors fear he may not make it through. Please pray for a miracle.

**The 2nd thing I am asking of you is to SHARE this post to help one of Austin’s wishes come true. 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.

That’s some serious teamwork.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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