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Teen's dying wish fulfilled: Eddie got on ESPN

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  • 13-year-old's dream was to make ESPN before cancer diagnosis
  • Social media campaign pushed to make it happen after his death
  • Network showed highlights of boy this week on SportsNation
Teen's dying wish fulfilled: Eddie got on ESPN

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.

The social media campaign worked. This week, the ESPN show "SportsNation" showed several football highlights of Buggs, who was known by the nickname "Lightning" for his speed.

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."

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