Cam Newton Makes Sick 10-Year-Old Boy's Christmas Wish Come True
By Raphael Chestang
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took Christmas into overtime for a 10-year-old boy named Austin Deckard on Tuesday.
Deckard suffers from advanced pulmonary hypertension, a severe heart condition, and is set to undergo a risky procedure on Wednesday, but before letting doctors work on him, he had just one Christmas wish: to meet Cam Newton.
"Just before Thanksgiving, I was headed to an Auburn football game," Cooper wrote in a Facebook post. "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."
In addition to putting a smile on Deckard's face, Newton also presented a $30,000 check to help the children at North Carolina's Barrington Academic Center earlier this month.