Indiana boy, a die-hard Bears fan, names brain tumor ‘Aaron Rodgers’ “so he can kill it”

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ELKHART, Indiana — A 14-year-old Indiana boy, who happens to be a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, has named his brain tumor “Aaron Rodgers,” because he wants to kill it.

The idea to name the tumor, “The Elkhart Truth” reports, came from Miguel Reyes’ teacher at Concord Junior High School.

Peg Kelly, Reyes’ teacher, tells the paper the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears has strengthened their friendship.

“I said ‘You need to name that tumor so we can kill it.’ You know what he named it? Aaron Rodgers! What a stinker!” Kelly said in an article at

Reyes is a ninth-grader at Concord High School, and he was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

The boy has a 13-month-old German Shepherd service dog named after Reyes’ favorite football player — former Bears player Devin Hester. The dog’s name is “Hester,” and he was purchased for Reyes by Kelly.

The family is working to train the pup to help Miguel as he battles his rare brain tumor.

The Elkhart Truth reports Reyes started his eighth and final round of chemo last week, and the treatment will continue until October.

The Reyes family is raising money to cover Hester’s training. If you would like to make a donation, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to visit the “Mighty Miguel” Facebook page to follow Miguel’s battle.


    • Wisconsin

      I’m a Packers fan, through and through! But if the kid naming his tumor will save his life, then I say go for it!

  • educated one

    I am so sorry to hear about this terrible fight your have to endure. Many Blessings. Aaron is tough enough to handle this…Aaron is truly inspirational for all the time and talent he gives to the MACC Fund in Milwaukee.

    Funds goal is to be “Cured out of Existence.”
    Founded in 1976, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (the MACC Fund) is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research

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  • Fred

    I wish this child well and hope only the best for him and I understand the mindset of a hardcore 14 year old sports fan…..with that said, someone should sit down and talk with the boy regarding the naming of his tumor. Maybe this boy could be enlightened about the good Aaron does for charities and the time he gives to kids.

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