High school senior battling cancer gets special surprise from football team


HARRISBURG, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — There’s nothing better than Friday nights for Hickory Ridge High School senior Dillion Hudgens.

That’s when he and his family have a front row seat to watch his favorite team, the Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls. 

“Going to watch your high school play…it helps me forget about what I’m going through,” Dillon said. 

Back in April, Dillon began to complain of pain in his joints. His parents took him to the doctor, which is when they discovered he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of cancer that affects the bone marrow and the blood. 

“I had to hold myself together, for him and for his dad and the rest of the family, cause it was tough, but we’ve gotten through it, our faith in God has gotten us through it,” said Amy Hudgens, Dillon’s mom. “We still have tears and I get mad watching what he has to go through, but we’ll get through it.” 

Dillon began chemotherapy treatments right away. In the meantime, the football team decided to help bring some joy to their biggest fan, by making him an honorary captain in week three. 

 “It was special, I didn’t know that they were going to cheer whenever they took me to field, when they took me to the field, they started to chant my name, and that made me cry,” said Dillon.

That moment was so special, the Ragin’ Bulls decided to bring him back out on senior night. 
 “Just to see how happy he was to be around the kids, it was special for us,” said Jason Seidel, Hickory Ridge’s football coach.  

Dillon has two and a half more years of chemotheapy treatment and while he continues to battle off the field, his Ragin’ Bulls are battling on it to try and bring joy to their biggest fan. 

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