Tim Tebow makes young cancer patient's day
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new video has gone viral, with millions of people watching Tim Tebow visit a cancer patient at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville.
Nathaniel Nelson has been at Wolfson for about two months, undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.
About a month ago, Channel 4's Vic Micolucci met him, and Nelson said that he loved the Florida Gators and that Tebow was his favorite football player of all time.
On Wednesday, Nelson's dream came true and he got to meet his favorite football player when Tebow walked into his room for a joyous, tearful surprise.
"I just busted out laughing. I was laughing inside. And then it brings tears of joy and then I thank him for coming to visit me because, I mean, he's Tim Tebow," Nelson said. "Meeting Tim Tebow was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Tebow told Nelson that he had received multiple messages from people telling him what a special young man he was and that he just had to meet him.
"I probably had about 15 people contact me and tell me about you and how awesome you are and how so many people are praying for you. So I said, ‘I just have to come see you,'" Tebow said.
Nelson also got the chance to play video games with the former Heisman Trophy winner and said that Tebow couldn't keep up when it came to "Call of Duty."
"We played to 20 and I beat him. Yes, I beat him. It was 20 to 18," Nelson said.
The cancer has turned Nelson's world upside-down, but for moments like playing Xbox with Tebow, life was simple again -- that is besides the fact that he played video games with his all-time favorite, No. 1 hero.
"Meeting Tim Tebow was a once in a lifetime opportunity," Nelson said.
But Nelson said that he's thankful for each and every person who is praying for him.
"I know that this experience has definitely brought me closer to God."
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