7-year-old battling cancer plays football with Panthers


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 7-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer got his ultimate wish Tuesday: to play football with the Carolina Panthers, according to WSOC.

Parker Cowherd is a huge Panthers fan. That’s why when he was diagnosed six months ago with a rare form of cancer, his family coined its motto as “Keep Pounding for Parker.”

“I was a little concerned. He came padded up. I didn’t want to get in trouble with the league. You’re not supposed to be in full pads,” head coach Ron Rivera said.

Parker, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor at Levine Children’s Hospital, met with the team before practice.

“You can just see that they really care. They’re taking the time out from their day-to-day and really caring about Parker,” said Parker’s father, Jon Cowherd.

Parker broke down the huddle at the end of practice. His message to the defending NFC Champions was simple: keep pounding.

“We get just as much, if not more, out of it than these kids. Just them being around, their energy, their spirit, their optimism is hard to miss. These are special kids,” said tight end Greg Olsen.

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