Duck fan gets surprise of a lifetime

Marcus Edwards has been a Duck fan his entire life with a goal of one day playing in Autzen Stadium. Unfortunately, that dream was cut short after he learned that he could never play football again.

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 12:48 AM
Updated: Nov 17, 2019 12:59 AM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Marcus Edwards has been a Duck fan his entire life.

He has always had one goal in mind: to be able to play football at Autzen Stadium.

Unfortunately, that dream was cut short after he learned he could never play football again.

During Marcus Edwards' sophomore year in high school he started having stomach aches and headaches.

There was a tumor the size of a golf ball in the brain stem and even though it turned out not to be cancerous, his life was changed forever.

A surgery and one stroke later he lost all of his motor skills. He had to relearn how to dress himself, eat, walk and talk to just name a few of his day to day challenges.

However, despite the progress he has made in nearly two years, doctors recently broke the news that he could no longer play contact sports.

The words no star quarterback wants to hear.

His identical twin brother Isaac, who was his top receiver, has been by his side every step of the way.

"When I used to play football without having him on the field with me it was hard, because we would have that twin to twin connection. He would always know to find me wherever I was on the field. But with him fighting, I’m right by his side every step of the way. I’m there for him if he needs anything I’m there."

In walks Benjamin Elliot, a Eugene man who is committed to helping children battling illnesses.

He was introduced to Marcus by a ten-year-old boy named Nico who has an inoperable brain tumor.

He flew Marcus, his twin and his stepmother out to Eugene for their first visit to Oregon. What they didn’t know was that they had a whole VIP Duck experience waiting for them.

It’s experiences like this one that remind him why he continues to fight each and every day.

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