Mountainbrook, Ala., teen Sid Ortis found out he had bone cancer just before his freshman year of high school began in 2014.
The LSU fan was diagnosed after complaining of soreness in his knee, and he is now in hospice care.
Besides the support of his family, Ortis has also gotten plenty of help from an unlikely source: LSU coach Les Miles. The Tigers’ head man called Ortis to pray in March, and then invited the youth to be his box-seat guest at a game in September.
This week, he gave Ortis another call to talk football (AL.com‘s Carol Robinson).
The kid called Heisman Trophy front runner Leonard Fournette “decent,” which made Miles laugh. The coach left Ortis with some tearjerking words.
“When you get to Heaven, save a spot for me,” Miles said.
The coach plans to host Ortis and his family at the Alabama vs. LSU game in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 7.
“If he’s alive and up for it, we’ll take him wherever,” Sid’s mom Lynn Ortis said. “Sid gets whatever he wants right now.”
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