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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A dream is about to come true for an Iredell County boy battling brain cancer.

WSOC-TV reported that Matthew Bailey made a top 10 list of big wishes. On Friday afternoon, the 13-year-old and his family boarded a plane headed to the NCAA Final Four in Texas.

Matthew’s top 10 list consists of meeting Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow, play horse with Michael Jordan and play a pickup game with Kevin Durant.

Matthew’s pastor encouraged him to create the list as a way to take his mind off of an aggressive treatment he is undergoing.

“I just wanted to make a wish list to put on the church website, just a fun thing to do I guess,” Matthew said.

The post has spurred a social media movement. Hundreds on Twitter and Facebook have sent messages of support to Matthew and recently a family friend stepped forward offering free tickets to the Final Four.

WSOCTV.com revealed Matthew’s top 10 list on Twitter and the hashtag #Top10ForMatt caught on quickly and spread.

“We didn’t think we were going to go at first  because I’m sick and we didn’t think a doctor was going to let us go, but the doctors were all for it and then US Airways paid for our tickets to fly down to Dallas and everything is taken care of,” Matthew said.

Read full story: WSOC-TV