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Braylon Beam signs coaching contract

DENVER, N.C. -- We first introduced you to 6-year-old Braylon Beam back in April as the remarkable young boy who dances his way though Chemotherapy.

Since then, Braylon has received national attention on the Ellen DeGeneres show, prompting the hashtag #JustKeepDancing in an effort to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

Braylon hasn't stopped dancing and on Tuesday, he got the surprise of a lifetime.

Rock Springs Elementary students gathered for a surprise pep really before they were let out for summer vacation. Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, percussion team, DJ and officials made a special appearance for Braylon Beam.

He may be one of the youngest, but he's also one of the biggest Panthers fans out there and on Tuesday, they put him in charge.

Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina, Braylon signed a one-day coaching contract with the team, putting him on the field as honorary associate head coach for "Fan Fest" on August 7, 2015.

Braylon says he was surprised and it feels "great!" He says now he just has to get Super Bowl rings sized. His parents say the support they've received from the community and their local church, Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia, is overwhelming.

"It lets us have stress relief knowing that we don't have to face this alone, there's a big team behind us, and we are going to get through it," Meredith Beam says.

Don't let his age fool you, Braylon means business. He says his first play is for "them to run back to the fourth" and he's even offering advice for Cam Newton, "throw deep!"

His mom says, "His favorite song is This City is My City, and this is so true, he is such a fan of the community and the teams here and it's always been his passion."

Along with his coaching contract, Braylon got quite the signing bonus, including his favorites: Pringles and peanut M&Ms.

"He's shown great courage, he's been an inspiration to others, he sets a great example," Danny Morrison, Panthers team president says.

He says the players love being able to be a part of things like this and that they probably get more out of it than the kids.

Braylon comes from a family of high school football coaches and says he's starting football next year.

He managed to grab Coach Beam's autograph before he ran off saying "I have five minutes-- I have to go."

Go graduate kindergarten, that is.


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