Harlem Globetrotters make Decatur boy’s Christmas merry and bright

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Since we introduced you to Amare Cunningham, many of you opened your hearts and wallets to help. He has a condition called Neurofibromitosis Type 1.

His family reached out to WHNT News 19 explaining the financial burden the disorder causes - from medical bills to gas money. They also said the monthly trips back and forth to the children's hospital in Birmingham put a lot of wear and tear on their only vehicle.

We asked for your help, and your compassion for Amare poured into our newsroom. You loaded up his Go Fund Me account taking it from just over $1,000 to more than $13,000. But, Amare's story caught the attention of the Harlem Globetrotters as well.

So, on Friday afternoon, Alex "Moose" Weekes made a trip to the Rocket City to teach Amare some of the team's famous ball handling and to invite him and his family to the Harlem Globetrotter's game on January 10 at the Von Braun Center.

Weekes also gave Amare his own Globetrotter's jersey to sport as he sits court side. Executive Connection-Huntsville will take care of transportation for the family.

This is all a part of the Globetrotters' partnership with the "Great Assist" program. Through the partnership, the team will also pay for Amare's roundtrip transportation to Birmingham for his next round of medical treatment as well.

The Globtrotters are known for giving back. This year, as part of their 90th anniversary with the Great Assist program, they will be spreading goodwill to kids across North Alabama as they play more than 330 games in 260 cities.

If you would like to join the Globetrotters in helping Amare, you can visit the family's Go Fund Me account. All money raised will go towards medical bills and gas.



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