CHARLOTTE – Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Carolina Panthers, Aiden Amason's dream of becoming head coach for a day became a reality Friday night at Fan Fest.
With a helping hand from Carolina's usual head coach, Ron Rivera, Amason's wish came true during the Panthers' first appearance at Bank of America Stadium of the season.
Amason, a 7-year-old from Boone, N.C., was diagnosed around Christmas with desmoplastic blue cell cancer.
"It was completely his idea. He said, 'I choose this. I want to be coach of the Carolina Panthers,'" said Sharron Amason, Aiden's mother. "He is an avid football fan, loves the Panthers. This is right up his alley."
Amason is the latest in a lengthy line of children to come to the Panthers for their wish.
"Make-A-Wish is a great organization. They have a wonderful mission. It's an honor for us to be able to do these wishes for these kids," Panthers community relations coordinator Sarah Szabo said. "It's really special for us knowing that a kid can go anywhere, do anything, meet anything. They have one wish, and they chose to spent their time with us – it really is an honor for us to be able to spend time with these kids and their families."
Carolina Panthers and Make-A-Wish Foundation grant the wish of Aiden Amason.