Youth football player Eddie Buggs, like many kids who play sports, dreamed of one day getting on ESPN. This week, that dream came true, though not in the way he might have expected.
Buggs, 13, was diagnosed with a return of his spinal cancer in October of last year, and he passed away in late December. Soon, online supporters started a hashtag called #GetEddieonESPN on Twitter, and they set up a Facebook page with the same theme. That page now has more than 10,000 likes. People also took to Instagram, posting pictures under the #PrayforEddieBuggs tag.
His mom told the Facebook group that the ESPN highlights brought some happiness to her in these dark times:
"I honestly didn't think there is anything possible that would make me happy during this difficult time, but this has truly touched my heart and made me so happy and full of excitement for my son. I am so proud to be Eddie's mom not only was he so talented but he had the biggest heart and was full of life."