Auburn Family News: Andalusia youngster hangs out with Cam Newton on Make-A-Wish trip

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Andalusia youngster hangs out with Cam Newton on Make-A-Wish trip


The group of Make-A-Wish children who attended a Charlotte Knights game with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on April 8 included a youngster from Andalusia.

Carmello Hill, a 7-year-old second-grader at Andalusia Elementary School, and his family flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to hang out with the former Auburn star.

Michele Gerlach told Mello's story for the Andalusia Star-News this week.

Mello was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant soft-tissue tumor formed from embryonic skeletal muscle tissue, which would ordinarily grow into skeletal muscles. He's been in remission since July.

In Charlotte, the youngsters visited Bank of America Stadium, where each had been issued a locker in the Panthers' dressing room. In each locker was a Panthers' jersey with Newton's No. 1 and the child's name on it. Gift bags were in the lockers, too.

The children went on the field, ran pass patterns for Newton and did some football drills.

In the evening, they went to the baseball game with Newton to help throw out the first pitch and watch the Chicago White Sox's Triple-A affiliate play the Norfolk Tides in an International League game.

Skylar Hill, Mello's mother, said Newton "was very nice."

The trip was made possible by Make-A-Wish Alabama, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.



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