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UA star reaches out to biggest fan during boy's leukemia battle

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Braxton Voss and Alabama's Kevin Norwood spent time playing catch and hanging out. (Source: Family) Braxton Voss and Alabama's Kevin Norwood spent time playing catch and hanging out. (Source: Family)
Kevin has been wearing a 'Pray for Braxton' wristband during recent games. (Source: Family) Kevin has been wearing a 'Pray for Braxton' wristband during recent games. (Source: Family)
PRICEVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama and Auburn won't be the only two teams involved in this Saturday's Iron Bowl. "Team Braxton" will also be represented.

It's a story of a young boy, an orange wristband, and a football player who is reaching out for more than catching passes.

Forget Disney World. For eight-year-old Braxton Voss and his family, a recent visit to Tuscaloosa was a dream come true. His mom and dad captured video and pictures of their boys throwing the football around with Alabama star receiver Kevin Norwood.

"He spent a lot of time with Braxton, cutting up with him, playing, throwing the ball around. It was a fun day," said Braxton's father, Bill.

There have been too many bad days in Braxton's young life. The Priceville boy is battling leukemia. A mutual friend set up this special day a little over a week ago with one of his favorite players on his favorite team.

"It was amazing. Braxton doesn't get excited over much, but he really got excited over this," recalled mom Dori.

Braxton's white blood cell count is so low that he could not leave the house to be interviewed. However, Dori taped a brief message from him.

When asked what he thinks of Norwood, Braxton replied, "He believes in God. He has faith and I want to be like him when I grow up."

The same mutual friend that set up the meeting also gave Kevin an orange wristband, on which is engraved the phrase "Pray for Braxton." Norwood has been wearing his since he got it.

The impact of that gesture has meant the world to Braxton and his family.

"He just did it out of the goodness of his heart. No one knew why he was wearing it or what it was. We knew," said Dori.

When you see that orange wristband on Kevin Norwood's arm this Saturday, just know that he's playing for more than the Iron Bowl win. His efforts are inspiring a Morgan County youngster to battle a much more sinister opponent.

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