NFL prospects send well wishes to ailing South Elgin teen

As a dedicated football fan, 13-year-old Ty Hawkinson of South Elgin was eager to watch Thursday night’s NFL draft. But he never imagined that, in addition to watching rising stars get their shot at becoming pros, he’d hear from so many of them himself.

Ty, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer two years ago, learned Monday he’ll need additional tests to determine if his cancer has returned. He asked his doctors if they could hold off on the tests until after the draft. They agreed, and while he anticipated the big night, the people who’ve cared for him since his diagnosis started planning.

It started with an idea: to have a player call Ty during the draft.

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