McKINNEY, Tex. (CNN) – Forget which team won between Alabama and Texas A&M last weekend. The game is over, but this is an incredible story that still needs to be shared.
A north Texas woman who is fighting cancer wanted to see her favorite team, the Aggies, take on the Crimson Tide last Saturday. She ended up getting the surprise of a lifetime.
“It was just magical,” said Shannon Underwood.
And uplifting, and invigorating and unplanned.
“I don’t even know how I didn’t find out about this — that’s what’s so crazy,” she said.
Shannon Underwood is battling for her life. Her husband Clay is right beside her.
She has Hodgkins Lymphoma – it’s back for the fourth time in three years.
“I can’t give up,” Shannon said.
A trip back to their alma mater sounded like good therapy. So, they decided to take a road trip and tailgate at Texas A&M versus Alabama.
“Life is now, you live every single moment to the fullest you possibly can,” Shannon said. “For me, it fills my heart with joy to be in my favorite college town in the entire nation. It’s where most of my memories, the best memories of my life are in, College Station.”
Even better now, thanks to a single post on an Aggie alumni website. A friend asked where Shannon and Clay should tailgate, and soon, Aggies did what Aggies do. They gave tickets, sideline passes, a shopping spree, dinner and donations – $12,000, to be exact.
All of these items were collected and raised within hours, and the cash hasn’t stopped yet.
“For 8 or 10 hours we didn’t think about cancer,” said Clay Underwood.
“That really is what 12th man is about – getting in, holding up a fellow Aggie when they can’t hold themselves up,” said Shannon.
“Aggies take care of their own,” said Clay. “They really do,” Shannon echoed.
Doctors tell Shannon she has a 30 percent chance of surviving the cancer. She is keeping the faith that fellow Aggies just restored.