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Tigers Rally To Five-Year-Olds Challenge To "Bring It On"

Basketball has been the big attraction in small town of Arp for the past two years. But since December the main event is about much more than a game.

One of the Tigers smallest fans is now their biggest motivation. Five-year-old Jackson Huse has a brain tumor.

"This is by far the toughest thing we've ever done," said Jackson's mother, Arp Elementary School principal Johna Huse.

"He always referred to this as a big scary brain weed and then as he was being treated in Dallas and going through painful, invasive procedures he would say 'bring it on big scary brain weed.' That's really been how he approaches everything with a determined attitude."

For years, parents have trusted Johna with their child's future. Now, they are helping her child's future.

Jackson's battle cry of "Bring It On" has been put on shirts being sold to raise money for his medical treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. So far, the family's bill has reached almost a half million dollars.

The game against Tatum was "Jackson Huse Night." For every point scored during the game, a donation was made and more than $5,000 was raised."

"There aren't words for the gratitude," John said.

On Jackson's night, the Tigers claimed the district title and there was a special play just for him.

"I promised him a dunk earlier in the season so he was really on my mind," said Arp Tiger, Sedrick Johnson. "We wanted to get the win for him."

"(After the game) he wanted to know if Sedrick dunked and when I told him he did he said oh good, because that was for me," Johna said, "and he wanted to know if they 'win-ded' and we told him that they did 'win-ded' and he wanted to know when are we going back to Austin."

"We're try to get there," Sedrick said, "because hopefully he can be filling well so he can go there and see us play. "

If you would like to help Jackson's family, donations can be made in his name at Arp State Bank.
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