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Falcons grant wish for teenage cancer survivor


Jordan Thomas thought his mom and dad were taking him to a doctor's appointment when they took him out of school early Tuesday.

He was surprised when they pulled up at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and he found out he would get to spend the day with some of his favorite football players like wide receiver Harry Douglas.

"We are happy and excited for you to be here with us today. We are here to make your wish come true," Douglas told Jordan.

"I think its great because he [Jordan] has always been a Falcons fan from a far. It's always different when you get a chance to meet them in person," said Jordan's dad Kenneth Thomas.

Southwest Airlines teamed up with the Falcons and Make-A-Wish Foundation to make Jordan's wish come true.

"We work with children who are suffering some life-threatening illness," said Make-A-Wish coordinator Erin Clemons. "In the midst of trying to stay in their classes and keep up with their work, they are battling an illness. We get to come in and do something so rewarding for the kids."

Jordan was diagnosed with bone cancer last year. He said the hardest part is not being able to play sports.

"It was terrible. I always did sports when I was growing up. It's really hard to stay away from them," said Jordan.

The hardest part for his parents was seeing him suffer.

"As a mother, I remember when we got the diagnosis, I remember saying, 'Lord just let it be me.' I didn't want it to me something that my son had to bear," said Noelle Thomas.

"It was the hardest thing I've been through in my life. You feel helpless because you can't do anything to make him fell better," said Kenneth Thomas. "You can't make it [bone cancer] go away. I just wish it was me. You hate to see your child in pain."

Jordan survived surgery and 29 chemotherapy treatments.

"It's sad but we go through life and think we have problems and things are so bad, but you have people like this [Jordan] that are fighting everyday for another day. Those are the true winners in life to me," said Douglas.

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