Cam Newton makes surprise visit to fan before surgery

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Austin Deckard is a 10-year-old boy who suffers from advanced pulmonary hypertension, a rare heart condition that requires a high-risk medical procedure to save his life. That surgery was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, one day after Deckard got a incredible surprise.

One of Deckard's teachers, Courtney Cooper, started a social media campaign she hoped would unite Deckard with Newton, the boy's favorite player.

"Just before Thanksgiving, I was headed to an Auburn football game," Cooper wrote on Facebook. "Austin was in awe of this. He also told me he 'wished Cam Newton could come to his birthday party.' Austin may not ever make it to an Auburn football game but I know social media is a strong force that can make things happen. Let's use it for something positive and spread this like wildfire and somehow, someway get the word to Cam Newton and give this precious little boy his wish."

Said Newton, per the Ledger-Enquirer: "I thought I had an unknown number but dude I've gotten about 100 calls about you."

Such a great story and a sweet gesture by No. 1. Best wishes to Austin and his family.

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