The West Virginia football team brings us an incredible, touching story this Fourth of July weekend. In a video from TheDPost.com, Donna Tucker, a 79-year-old woman who was given 6-8 weeks to live as she was dealing with terminal cancer, got to see her lifelong dream come true thanks to the Mountaineers and a handful of players.
After doctors said Tucker’s lung cancer was spreading rapidly, there was a scramble to get her to Morgantown for the magical moment.
Earlier this week, Tucker got her special moment with the team as they accompanied her on the field and gave a tour of the athletic facilities on campus.
“This is really an honor,” defensive end Noble Nwachukwu told the DPost. “To know that this is the last thing that she wants to do and that we mean this much to her is really humbling.”
Nwachukwu was accompanied by offensive linemen Tyler Orlosky, Marcell Lazard and Tony Matteo, defensive linemen Darrien Howard and Christian Brown, and kicker Mike Molina during the memorable moment.
In the video, which you can see below, Tucker says the experience was “the greatest feeling in the world.” It’s really amazing to see a college program make this kind of impact in someone’s life and it is a reminder to us all of why we love sports so much.
Despite everything we deal with, sports can always be an escape. It’s great that Tucker got to experience this incredible moment at this stage in her life.