The story of Avery Harriman, the young son of Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman, and his fight to beat cancer is one that has touched many. A couple weeks ago Rhode Island players wore yellow #AveryStrong T-shirts during pregame warmups and the Ryan Center crowd chanted his name, supporting Avery and the rest of the Harriman family as he looks to beat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Sunday afternoon another college basketball program showed its support for the family, with Creighton wearing #AveryStrong shirts while warming up for their game against Nebraska in Lincoln. Creighton sports information director Rob Anderson tweeted out a photo prior to tipoff.
Saturday night was an important one for the Rhode Island basketball program, as they knocked off No. 21 Nebraska in overtime at the Ryan Center. However before the game head coach Dan Hurley’s played paid tribute to Avery Harriman, the son of Nebraska assistant Chris Harriman.
Avery’s battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for the third time in his young life, and in his honor the team took the court for pregame warmups in T-shirts that read “#AveryStrong” on the front.
The last time we saw video of Avery Harriman, the son of Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman, he was melting hearts across the world as he was being surprised with the news that he would be able to return home for a couple days.
You see, Avery is currently fighting leukemia for the third time, and while the battle is far from over, it’s always good to celebrate small victories. This latest trip home comes after Avery’s second transplant, and instead of surprising Avery with the news, the Harrimans decided to surprise his sister.
Her reaction? Beautiful:
The battle isn’t done yet, as the only reason Avery was allowed to leave the hospital after a second transplant is that the Harrimans can give him an IV and shots and generally care for him as long as his health is stable.
“Long way to go but really happy where he’s at,” Chris told NBCSports.com this morning. “Normally in this situation probably wouldn’t allow [us to bring him home] but they trust us.”
“And, most importantly, he’s doing good!”
That’s great to hear. Our thoughts remain with the Harrimans.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 is #AveryStrong day in the state of Nebraska.
It’s for Avery Harriman, son of Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman. Avery is 7-years-old and is currently battling leukemia for the third time. You may remember this video from last month, which gained some much popularity online that Avery appeared on The Today Show.
In Lincoln today, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., head coach Tim Miles and others from the Nebraska athletic department will be Scooter’s Coffee to help raise money for #AveryStrong Causes, Make-A-Wish Nebraska and Camp CoHoLo (Courage, Hope and Love). The coffee shop has agreed to donate $1 for every purchase, according to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com. Parrish said an estimated $10,000 is expected to be raised.
I’ve already linked to Parrish’s story, but here is what he wrote back on Aug. 28. There you will learn about Avery’s fight and meet a man named Andrew Cussen, a stranger turned close friend to the Harriman’s, who donated bone marrow in February 2013 and again this past Thursday.
Shavon Shields is one of Nebraska’s best players, a 6-foot-6 wing that averaged 12.8 points and 5.8 boards as a sophomore.
He’s also one of Avery Harriman’s biggest fans, as his father, Chris Harriman, an assistant coach for the Huskers, showcased on Sunday night. Shields shaved his head in support of Avery, a seven-year old that lost his hair while undergoing his third battle with leukemia:
The fight isn’t easy, but Avery is hanging in there.
He even felt good enough this weekend hit the links, as his father posted on Facebook:
“Avery was feeling really good today & enjoyed playing a few holes with Daddy!” he wrote. “Beautiful weather out here in Lincoln. Love this kid beyond measure!”