Carolina Panthers sign pint-sized new player

Panthers sign 8-year-old

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The podium was set in the press room at Bank of America Stadium as reporters waited eagerly for the his entrance. Dom Fuller was greeted with applause at he walked up to the mic. He's the newest edition to the Carolina Panthers roster.

Fuller signed with the Panthers as a secret weapon of sorts. His bonus one of the highest in franchise history.

"It was a big box of candy," Dom told reporters.

A real-life press conference was just a warm up for Fuller as he spent the day living life as a Carolina Panther. It was Dom's dream and the Make a Wish Foundation made it come true.

The 8-year-old is battling Cystic Fibrosis.

"Knowing what's he's been through and what he goes through every day, it's absolutely amazing watching him be out there," his father said.

But for a night Dom was able to forget about being sick and just be a kid. Make a Wish flew him and his family down from Upstate New York.

"I'm sitting here crying half the time and I'm so happy that he's finally getting his wish," Fuller said.

Dom spent the evening running drills and throwing passes with the Panthers in front of thousands at Fan Fest.

On his tiny feet were bright red and blue cleats, a gift from Cam Newton, who was wearing the same ones.

"He's definitely the coolest, I'll tell you that. He's pretty awesome," Dom said.

Saturday, Dom's energy will likely have to go right back into fighting Cystic Fibrosis. But it may be a little easier with memories of Cam, Kuechly, and Olson running through his mind.

"To be able to have this opportunity, it's a dream come true for him and for us too," Fuller said.

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