A longtime Panther fan got the surprise of his life. Bryant Petteway has been battling cancer for more than two years now and has not been able to make it to a game.
He's currently receiving treatment at Levine Cancer Institute. Nurses and doctors played a key role in helping organize the emotional surprise on Friday.
Petteway’s dream came true with a special message from his favorite player Thomas Davis inviting him to a VIP treatment during the Sunday’s football game.
“I was not expecting it. It was a huge surprise,” Petteway said.
His game day experiences have been from a hospital bed or on a couch for the last two years due to a battle with Lymphoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer.
He says going to the game was not only life changing, but it motivated him to keep fighting. Or as he calls it, keep pounding.
“It’s a way for me to step away from reality,” Petteway said.
His wife Raechelle Petteway says you can’t see what her husband is going through just by looking at him - 30 radiation treatments and seven chemotherapy sessions. But she says he chooses to live life to the fullest.
“He can be not doing well, but if the Panthers are on playing, he’s going to be up playing for his team,” she said.
A generous donor who wants to remain anonymous made Bryant Petteway’s dream financially possible.