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Make-a-Wish sending UNCW freshman to Super Bowl

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A UNCW student’s wish of going to the Super Bowl is coming true thanks to the people at the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Freshman Alex Harris is one of just 12 kids in the United States getting an all-expense paid trip to the big game from Make-a-Wish.

When Harris was 18, he started noticing some discomfort in his leg. After the pain would not go away, a doctor diagnosed him with early stage sarcoma. Aggressive chemotherapy put the cancer in remission, but Harris says during his battle there was always one thing that kept him fighting: Football.

“I never really played NFL football, so I can’t personally know how hard it is, but I know they go through a lot of training and hard work to do that throughout the year,” Harris said. “Cancer was definitely the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to go through, so I will say they are both equally hard.”

Harris says he will be get a private tour of the Superdome pre-game. He hopes to meet Ravens lineback Ray Lewis.

Harris and his family leave for New Orleans tonight, But not before he finishes his 6 p.m. lab class at UNCW.

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