KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A four-year-old boy surprised Peyton Manning at the Peyton Manning Classic Golf Tournament.
The tournament is a fundraising event that benefits both East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Manning’s PeyBack Foundation.
Standing on a table at the Fox Den Golf Course, A.J. Cucksey told Manning, “I think I know your favorite song.”
The Knoxville boy broke out into “Rocky Top.” After the concert Manning gave the 4-year-old a big hug.
Recently the entire University of Tennessee football program shared a special day with Cucksey and sent him home with a signed jersey so he could feel brave as he went through a number of rounds of chemotherapy.
The four-year-old is on his ninth round of chemotherapy. He was invited to come watch the Vols practice as a way to break-up his routine with doctors.
“During the practice, the players they were so great. Some of them came to the sidelines and said ‘hi’ to him,” said John Cucksey, A.J.’s father. “But afterwards, everyone of them made sure they came by and gave him a high five.”
The highlight of the visit for A.J. was visiting with his favorite player, Joshua Dobbs.
His mother, Shannon Cucksey said it made him feel part of the team.
“It gives him something to talk about that doesn’t have to do with chemotherapy and brain tumors and what’s going on with his health,” she said.
The players presented A.J. with a number 14 jersey signed by each player.
John Cucksey said the number means a lot to A.J.
“It’s not only Worley’s number,” says Cucksey, “But it’s Eric Berry’s number.”