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Triangle Boy Gets Football Wish For Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2000

— For many of us, Thanksgiving is about family, food and football. One sixth-grader is traveling to Dallas to watch the Cowboys play the Minnesota Vikings. The free trip is thanks to a chance meeting.

Seth Mitchell's Raleigh Christian Academy classmates have been asking him to get autographs for his holiday trip. He and his parents are spending Thanksgiving in Dallas at Texas Stadium.

"It's like heaven right here on Earth, if you're a Cowboys fan," says Darryl Mitchell, Seth's father.

"He had been wanting something special because when he got sick, it was at Thanksgiving," says Wanda Mitchell, Seth's mother.

Two years ago, Seth contracted Guillain Barre Syndrome, a virus that attacks the nervous system. It left him paralyzed from the neck down. He is regaining the sense of touch, and doctors are hopeful he will walk again.

The illness has changed many things, but not his love for football.

"It's something we have been able to do together as father and son. I've been a Cowboys fan for 30 years," Darryl says.

The opportunity came last month in Charlotte at a Panthers game. Seth met Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"He said he wanted us to come down and see the game, and he'll pay all expenses. [He would] pay for the airline tickets, the hotel and the game tickets," Seth says. "[It's] very special, so special that for the last two days, I couldn't hardly stop talking about it."

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a potentially fatal illness. The cause is unknown, but as in Seth's case, some recovery through therapy and medication is possible.

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