Spartan Fan Holds On For Roses

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email
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WILLIAMSTON (WILX)-- The dream of going to the Rose Bowl has one super-fan defying death. Dallas Thornton of Williamston was diagnosed with cancer back in February and was given a month to live in October. But he's still fighting to watch his favorite team get to Pasadena.

Even as he lies bedridden Dallas Thornton is the true image of a Spartan fan. With a spartan blanket wrapped snug around him he gathers up his strength to talk football with his son Jeff Thornton.

"He's all excited. We're ten and one and we're going to the big ten championship game. It might be the middle of the night and he's sitting there singing and happy," said Jeff.

At 69 Dallas has always tried to make it to every game, until this year. Diagnosed with cancer, Dallas has a tumor in his brain stem. But not even that has stopped him from cheering on Michigan State.

"The last couple of weeks he was able to participate, but it's getting a little harder for him," said Jeff.

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"But he doesn't complain to this day, He's just positive and and he asks about the Spartans every day," said Dallas's daughter, Kelli Thornton-Miller.

It's been his life long dream to take his family to the Rose Bowl, and even though that's not a possibility anymore the simple thought of them making it has Dallas holding on.

"He was given a month to live on October 10th. It's now almost December 10th. The only thing we can think of is that he's waiting for the Spartans to make it to the Rose Bowl," said Kelli.

Dallas was actually able to meet the team twice after being diagnosed. One time it was thanks to a family friend Sandy Whelton, who cheers for the Wolverines.

"For them to come here and do this for him I could never thank them enough." said Whelton.

It was there that Dallas told the team to "bring home the roses."

"I want you to see you guys in the rose bowl before I die," said Dallas.

"He always knew they would be a success. That's what he's waiting for. He's waiting for them to go to the Rose Bowl."

Dallas and his family will obviously be cheering on the Spartans Saturday night. One of the players told him they'd do what they could to get him a Rose Bowl.

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