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Sick teen surprised with trip to England by Make-A-Wish, community

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Photo of West Iredell High and North Iredell High along the 50-yard line in September, praying over Dalton. Photo of West Iredell High and North Iredell High along the 50-yard line in September, praying over Dalton.
IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A teenager whose community rallied around him when he was diagnosed with cancer is getting another wave of support. This time from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Sixteen-year-old Dalton Edwards, a junior at West Iredell High School where he plays football and soccer, was diagnosed with liver cancer in September.  Scans showed a 12-pound tumor eating up his liver.

A few hours later, he told his friends on the football team at West Iredell High School. It was rivalry night for the football team who was playing North Iredell that night.

Both teams took the field together, ignored the rivalry, surrounded Dalton and prayed over him.

He couldn't play that night, but number 33 was still on the field. His friend put the jersey on and scored a touchdown.

"It was the most touching event I have ever witnessed," Dalton's mom, Geri, said. "In mere hours, his school, football and soccer teams rallied together."

On social media, friends and supporters used the words "magical" and "inspirational" to describe what they witnessed.

Dalton's diagnosis had hit the community in a way no one could have expected. Many people began wearing Dalton's favorite color, Carolina Blue. 

Facebook pages and Twitter hashtags were created asking people to "Pray for Dalton."

It has been nearly eight months since Dalton was diagnosed.

Tests after his diagnosis showed no cancer in his bloodstream and doctors were able to find a healthy, matching liver. The call came just five days after he was added to the list.

On Friday, Make-A-Wish and North Iredell High School - Dalton's rival school - teamed up to send him to England. The surprise was unveiled on Friday at North Iredell.

Dalton, a huge soccer fan, is flying to London on Monday. He'll then travel to Manchester on Tuesday to see Manchester United take on Hull City in the Barclays Premier League. 

Dalton and his family are slated to be in England for a week-long adventure and Make-A-Wish has many soccer-related outings planned for them.

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