Children treated for cancer get VIP treatment at Razorbacks game
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The Razorbacks games are always filled with thousands of tailgaters. But Saturday 50 special tailgaters got VIP treatment from the Hogs themselves.
At every Razorbacks game you can expect to see tens of thousands of loyal fans, dressed in red, with tickets in hand and chanting that familiar song.
But in Saturday's game we had to opportunity to meet a very special fan. A year ago, UAMS doctors found a cancerous tumor in 12-year-old Korey Heath's brain.
"It was almost like my heart was just ripped out of me when we found out," said Michael Heath, her father.
She's one of 50 children treated for cancer at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. Saturday they were given VIP treatment as part of the first annual "You Are a Roc Star" tailgate event.
Her dad says after such a tough year, this means the world to kids like Korey.
"It shows how much support there is for kids like this and all these kids out here," he said.
All of the kids have gone through treatment as long as 10 years ago or are currently being treated.
But because of all they've been through today their courage was celebrated with footballs signed by Coach Bielema, meeting the Razorbacks cheerleaders, and getting a shout out at the game.
It's a day any Razorbacks fan would appreciate, especially one like Korey who's just won a battle with cancer.
Korey is cancer-free but she does have one more treatment left. Like her, this is the first time most of the other kids have attended a Razorbacks game.