14-year-old Bears fan battling cancer names brain tumor 'Aaron Rodgers'

Sep 2, 2015 2:08 PM by CBS Sports

A 14-year-old Bears fan battling cancer patient is going the distance with his love for Chicago football. Or, more accurately, his disdain for the rival Packers.

Miguel Reyes, from Elkhart, Ind., was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year and, according to his teacher Peg Kelly (a Packers fan, who became friends with Miguel thanks to the NFL rivalry) has decided to name the tumor after his least-favorite quarterback.

“I said, ‘You need to name that tumor so we can kill it,'” Kelly said via the Elkhart Truth. “You know what he named it? Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers. What a stinker!”

Kelly is also the one who bought Miguel a dog, named Hester (after former Bears kick return Devin Hester). Hester's a German Shepard and a loving pup to Miguel but a dog that needs training in order to properly alert Miguel's family if and when he has seizures.

To try and pay for the training -- estimated at $10,000 -- Miguel and his family have started a Go Fund Me campaign that's already raised more than $1,000 of the needed goal.

Mighty Miguel was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer on June 2014. He has had 33 radiation therapy treatments and is currently receiving chemotherapy. He has been having numerous seizures and is taking many medications to reduce the seizures. We are looking to train his dog, Hester to alert us when Miguel is about to have seizures. All money raised will go to train Hester. Miguel is a great kid with a heart of gold. He is my superhero and really loves his puppy. She is just too strong for him to control right now and really needs to be trained so that she can be with Miguel all the time. Please consider helping us to get Miss. Hester trained for Mighty Miguel. Thank you and God Bless you all!

According to the Elkhart Truth, Miguel is heading into his "eighth and final" round of chemotherapy. Here's hoping he can do what most NFL defenses can't: beat Aaron Rodgers.


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