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Young Bears fan battling cancer names brain tumor after Aaron Rodgers


A friendship that developed between a loyal Green Bay Packers fan and a young devoted Chicago Bears backer has provided the backdrop for an inspiring story about how the youngster used his unfavorable opinion of the Packers, especially Aaron Rodgers, into a motivational tool to help him battle cancer.

Miguel Reyes, 14, was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer in 2014. He met Peg Kelly, a junior high teacher and passionate Packers fan, and the two struck up a friendship.

The first words out of Reyes’ mouth the first time the two talked sports?

“The Packers suck.”

Still, the two became incredibly close, with Reyes referring to Kelly as “Aunt Peg” because she’s like family to him. And even their differences about football and the intense antipathy that exists between Packers and Bears fans couldn’t prevent them from becoming fast friends. In fact, Kelly wasn’t even offended when Reyes used the name of her team’s Super Bowl-winning quarterback as fodder to inspire Reyes to battle his cancer.

“I said ‘You need to name that tumor so we can kill it’,” Kelly told The Elkhart Truth‘s Sarah Welliver. “You know what he named it? ‘Rodgers.’ Aaron Rodgers. What a stinker!”

Welliver reports that Reyes started his eighth and final round of chemotherapy last month and the treatment will continue into October. With the Packers and Bears opening their regular seasons with a divisional rival showdown on Sept. 13, it will provide Reyes and Kelly plenty of time to discuss the outcome the game as he completes his treatment.

[H/T Bleacher Report, image via Mighty Miguel/Facebook]