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Make-A-Wish Sends Young Man in Richland To The Super Bowl

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Elijah Brown was one of 12 lucky kids whose dream was to attend Super Bowl 42. He just turned 14 and could not have asked for a better birthday wish.

Elijah's friends and family wanted to wish him farewell before his trip to Super Bowl Sunday. But things haven't always been looking up. Just last year Elijah's mom says they were forced to face some bad news.

Elijah was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She says he was always a pretty healthy kid, and very much into sports.

"He used to play football and basketball but right now he's off for a year until he heals," said Dolores Roberts, Elijah's mom.

Elijah is not only her first son, but has become her source of strength.

"He's my hero because he gives me a lot of courage and he's just persevered through a lot this last year so even when I don't feel like I can make it I look to him and everything that he went through and I know I can make it," she said.

His ultimate wish was to attend the Super Bowl, and last summer the Make--a-Wish Foundation came knocking on his door. They couldn't have found anyone more worthy of living the football fantasy.

"Just the way that he acts with his brothers and takes care of his mom, he is amazing, I mean just the kindest, softest, just a good kid," said Emily Volland, with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

And he couldn't be more grateful.

"I thank God that they've actually chosen me cause they really, I mean they actually really make dreams come true and I never thought this would happen to me," said Elijah Brown.