Last year, 8-year-old Shanon Cox watched the Super Bowl from the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati, where he was receiving treatment for leukemia.
This year, Shanon lived a Seattle Seahawks fan's dream. He was in Phoenix to watch Super Bowl XLIX.
Shanon, of Corbin, was one of a dozen children with life-threatening medical conditions whose wish to attend the Super Bowl was granted this year by Make-A-Wish. The chapter representing Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana was responsible for making Shanon's wish come true.
"He is a big Seahawks fan," said Shanon's mother, Kristina Wyatt. "He picked them last year to win before they even made it to the Super Bowl."
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Wyatt said during a telephone interview that she and Shanon, along with his older brother and sister and grandparents, drove cross-country last week and arrived in Phoenix early Thursday.
On Friday, they got a private tour of the stadium.
"He got to see the locker rooms. He got to run the ball on the field," Wyatt said.
The highlight of the day came when Shanon was presented with an autographed Seahawks helmet.
"He was on cloud nine," Wyatt said. "He was ecstatic."
He also got lots of media attention during the visit, including being featured on NBC Nightly News.
Wyatt said the family spent Saturday relaxing at the resort where they are staying, while Shanon enjoyed swimming, playing miniature golf and doing some NFL shopping.
The third-grader has been battling leukemia for just over a year, and although the cancer is in remission, he has three years of preventive treatment ahead of him.
At home, Wyatt said, Shanon likes baseball and football.
"We're always on the field somewhere," she said.