Dakota Dickerson, an 11-year-old Pennsylvania native diagnosed with a primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET cancer), spent the day as a member of the New York Giants, touring the facility, meeting players and coaches, and taking in practice from the sidelines. He even led the huddle and gave a pep talk on the field following the team’s OTA practice.
“It’s very overwhelming,” Dakota’s father, Wally Jr., said. “I didn’t expect all this. I didn’t even expect him to be able to meet Eli [Manning] at first…The players are awesome. They’re great.”
It was a memorable day for Dakota and his supporters, known collectively as Team Dakota.
“When he first got here, he bawled -- tears,” Wally Jr. continued from the team cafeteria at lunchtime. “Then he was over there sitting and eating with Eli and he just had an ear-to-ear smile, laughing.”