Vols fan granted dying wish to attend football game

(WBIR-Knoxville) The Georgia vs. Tennessee game held special meaning for a Chattanooga man.

Doctors gave Ken Horton approximately two months to live after diagnosing him with stage IV inoperable pancreatic cancer.

His final wish? To attend a UT football game.

After the diagnosis, his sons stepped in.

"We were just talking one night and I asked him what was on his bucket list, what he wanted to do before he died, and he wanted to see a Vols game. Always wanted to," explained, Matt Horton, Ken's son.

Matt and his brother, Jacob Horton, turned to the internet. They hoped to raise $300 through FundRazr.

"I was actually the first person to donate because I didn't think anybody would. So I donated $9 to try to give my brother some encouragement," Jacob said.

Three days later, they had more than $1,600.

"It's amazing. I love being here with him," Jacob said.

Skybox tickets were donated to the family. Four Points by Sheraton-Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel gave them a weekend suite for free, while Hounddogs provided Vols apparel, also free of charge.

Ken also went on the field, prior to the game.

The game against Georgia was Ken's first time in Big Orange Country.

"I've been to other college games but never the experience of what it's like at Tennessee and I just wanted to feel that experience," Ken said.

The 57-year-old decided to end his treatments saying, "Trying to prepare yourself for what might be the inevitable and trying to stay humble the best I can."

More than anything, Ken is happy his two sons were able to make the game with him.

"It's just been a blessing to be up here and watch this game with both my boys," he said.

Even though the Bulldogs defeated the Volunteers, 34-31, Ken said it was the "best time he has had in his entire life."


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