01/28/2013 04:54 pm ET

Alex Harris, North Carolina Teen With Cancer, Sees Childhood Superbowl Dreams Come True (VIDEO)

The Super Bowl is an exciting day for thousands of sports fans across the country, and for one North Carolina teen, this year's tournament will be particularly special.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 19-year-old Alex Harris's dream of attending the Super Bowl will come true, WRAL 5 News reports. The teen, who suffers from bone cancer, had to undergo eight months of radiation and chemotherapy which left him too weak to go to last year's game. But this February, he'll be heading down to New Orleans with his family for the biggest football game of the year.

At next Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII, the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens, and Beyonce will perform a much-anticipated halftime show.

Watch the video above and head over to WRAl 5 News to read the original story.

Despite the challenges he's faced, Alex chooses to focus on what he's gained from his experiences and what he has to look forward to -- not what he's missing out on.

"[Undergoing raditation] was hard, but it definitely changed my life for the better,"Alex told WRAL. "It makes you stronger as a person -– emotionally, spiritually, mentally."

Another teen battling cancer, 17-year-old Zach Sobiech, turned to music to help him through the tough times. His original song, "Clouds" -- a beautiful ballad about saying goodbye to his friends and family -- has attracted nearly 2 million YouTube views.

Are you inspired by Alex's touching story? Will you tune in for the Super Bowl next month? Tell us in the comments or tweet @HuffPostTeen.



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