LSU and Les Miles made a young fan's day during last week's game against Auburn.
16-year-old Sid Ortis, a lifelong LSU fan from Birmingham, Ala. got to watch the game from the coach's box at Tiger Stadium as a guest of Miles and the team. Ortis, who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2014 when a tumor was found in his knee, got personal attention from Miles before the game and enjoyed what his dad called “the happiest day ever.”
“Sid and I have spoken, and he’s a fighter, a very, very quality man,” Miles said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. “I was fortunate to have him at the game and then come over there during pregame and spend a moment with him. He’s a hero. That guy right there is very special.”
“It was special for him to let me do all that stuff,” Ortis told ESPN. “Most kids don’t go through the locker room and get on the field and go in the coach’s box. I’m just really lucky that he’s that nice of a man to do that for me.”
Ortis underwent chemotherapy and found out in February that the cancer had spread across his body, including to his lungs. He returned home from the hospital on Wednesday after a pain-relieving surgery on a tumor in his knee.
- Jeremy Woo