The holidays are often called the season for giving, and a Florida State offensive lineman is doing what he can to make sure that rings true this year.
Mikey Scheerhorn is working to send a young cancer patient and her parent to the BCS Championship game in Pasadena, Calif., at the beginning of January, and he's started an online fundraiser to help with the cost.
The sophomore from Tampa, Florida has seen up-close the effects cancer can have on a family, as his brother was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer.
While Scheerhorn's using his personal pair of tickets to get the two into the game, things like airfare, a hotel and a rental car add up. Scheerhorn said his goal is $5,000, and called it his dream that the family won't need to spend a cent.
Here's what Scheerhorn wrote on a crowdrise fundraising page:
HELP ME SEND A CHILD BATTLING CANCER TO THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN PASADENA!
Hi! My name is Mikey Scheerhorn and I am an offensive lineman with the FSU SEMINOLES who will be playing in the upcoming BCS Championship game in Pasadena, CA on January 6th.
When my brother Daniel was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma - a form of brain cancer - it was devastating to my entire family. Everything changed in a heartbeat. While Daniel's medical team worked to cure his cancer, we soon found that it was going to take more than medicine for our whole family to beat this thing which had so suddenly and dramatically invaded our lives. The Children's Cancer Center understands that, and we were fortunate to receive their help. They provided all kinds of day-to-day support for our entire family at a time when we needed it most.
Now I would like to pay that kindness forward, so I'm sending a child and her parent to the BCS Championship game in Pasadena!
I have two tickets for them from my personal allocation, but I need help getting the family there.
The total cost will be around $5000 including airfares, hotel stay, car rental, etc. and it is my dream that together we can raise that money here so that the Children's Cancer Center will not have to spend a single penny.
CAN YOU HELP? Donating any amount - from a few bucks to a few hundred - is appreciated. Every bit helps.
Thank you - and GO NOLES!