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TCU fans have raised more than $20,000 for young Iowa State fan with cerebral palsy

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin spoke with Abby Faber, an Iowa State kid captain, before the coin toss for the game in Ames.
In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin spoke with Abby Faber, an Iowa State kid captain, before the coin toss for the game in Ames. The Associated Press

It doesn’t matter which Big 12 football team you root for, you now have a reason to tip your hat to TCU’s fans.

When the captains came out last Saturday at Iowa State, Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin took time to talk with the Cyclones’ kid captain, 7-year-old Abby Faber of Ankeny, Iowa.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Abby was born premature and weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces at birth. She spent 105 days in the neonatal intensive care unit before going home. She was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy just before turning 3.

Abby was in a wheelchair at midfield at Cyclone Stadium when Boykin kneeled to talk with her.

A photo of the encounter went viral and a TCU fans started a fundraising page for Abby.

Boykin posted the photo on his Instagam account and wrote, “It’s bigger than a game I love touching young people lives.”

According to the YouCaring page, the goal was to raise $15,000 for Abby, because she needs “ongoing physical therapy as well as vision therapy (which is not covered by insurance) that she needs as her eyes do not currently work together, this would hopefully help with her school work. In addition, Abby will need to have orthopedic surgery on both legs in the future (2-4 years) to correct damage that occurred prior to the surgery.”

As of Friday morning, TCU fans had raised just shy of $23,000.

Well done TCU fans.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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