MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - LOVE random acts of awesome!
Six-year-old Jourdan and his mom are heading to the Carolina Panthers game Thursday night after a crazy story that ended with a stranger handing him tickets.
It started when one of you guys emailed me saying you had four tickets that you couldn't use for Thursday night's final preseason game. "Could I give them to one of our deserving #MollysKids?" "Yes. Of course."
I emailed the tickets to Alishia Clark for her to surprise her college-aged son, Elijah. Elijah has been one of our inspirations for a long time, who is now a sophomore at Pfieffer University. Alishia thought her son would love them, so she printed them out Thursday morning and wanted to drive to campus to surprise him.
Only, Elijah had a bad day. He's battling a lot of things right now and like many with uphill medical battles, he has up-and-down moments. There was
no way he was feeling up to going to an NFL game.
As added bad news, Alishia's car broke down on the way to see her son. She was half-stranded, texting me and was wildly upset that the tickets were going to go to waste.
Obviously, that didn't matter. There was more concern for her and Elijah, but she said they'd be OK. Alishia eventually got home and a new car part is coming Friday, but she said she was still really bummed that these seats wouldn't be used. (Once you print them in one place, the bar code can't be printed out anywhere else so I couldn't email them to anyone new.)
Out of nowhere, Alishia's friend Wendy called her. Wendy was with a little boy in Mooresville who just loves football. His favorite players are on the Pittsburgh Steelers and he was going nuts knowing they were so close to his home.
Alishia found a way to get to Mooresville and surprise this lil' guy and his mom with tickets. She didn't know them, but worked it out to make the whole thing happen.
I didn't know any of this was going on, but in the middle of WBTV News at 5:30 p.m., Alishia texts me this video, which Jamie Boll and I watched during a commercial break.
Think it was the best news of the day.
Thank you, Alishia, for being who you are. There are great people in this world and you are one of them.
PS: Miss seeing you, Elijah. Please come visit? Hope seeing Jourdan's excitement makes your day feel a little better.