FSU Lineman Raises Enough Money to Send Cancer Patient and Family to BCS Game

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 26, 2013

WINSTON SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 09:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles prepares with teammates before their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field on November 9, 2013 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Michael Scheerhorn managed to pull off something truly wonderful well ahead of the BCS National Championship Game. 

Fox Sports' Andy Nesbitt reported Wednesday that the Florida State offensive lineman was hoping to send a girl battling cancer to the game on Jan. 6. 

Scheerhorn, who knows fully the horrible nature of helping a loved one with cancer, posted the following to his Crowd Rise campaign page (via Fox Sports): 

When my brother Daniel was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma – a form of brain cancer – it was devastating to my entire family. Everything changed in a heartbeat. While Daniel’s medical team worked to cure his cancer, we soon found that it was going to take more than medicine for our whole family to beat this thing which had so suddenly and dramatically invaded our lives. The Children’s Cancer Center understands that, and we were fortunate to receive their help. They provided all kinds of day-to-day support for our entire family at a time when we needed it most.
Now I would like to pay that kindness forward, so I’m sending a child and her parent to the BCS Championship game in Pasadena!

Scheerhorn goes on to say that he was already given two tickets to the game, but he wants to provide a deeper experience. 

Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back James Wilder Jr. (32) and teammates run out of the banner onto the field before the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TOD
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In order to send the rest of the family to Pasadena, he needed to raise $5,000 for things like transportation and airfare. His hope, more than providing an amazing experience, was to alleviate any burden of the request from the Children’s Cancer Center. 

According to the CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli, there are some mighty generous football fans out there who were willing to donate at least a little to a noble effort. 

A quick check on the donation page shows that Scheerhorn has indeed reached his goal and then some ($10,353 as of this writing). The best part is that any extra money will be donated directly back to Children’s Cancer Center. 

The 13-0 Seminoles take on the Auburn Tigers (12-1) in a little over a week's time. Between now and then, there will hardly be a dearth of amazing subplots and anecdotes. 

Each young man suiting up for the big game will see their nerves dissolve to adrenaline, learning a great deal about themselves along the way. 

Some, like Scheerhorn, will manage to teach all of us a great deal about things that are far more important than championships and trophies. 

Congratulations to the sophomore on already providing a job well done. 


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