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Roman Reigns, you'll want to meet this fan

By ANITA LEE

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Colin Henderson of Brandon, Miss., really, really wants to meet WWE wrestler Roman Reigns at the Coast Coliseum on Tuesday night. Colin was diagnosed in February with bone cancer, but he's tough, just like his hero.
Colin Henderson of Brandon, Miss., really, really wants to meet WWE wrestler Roman Reigns at the Coast Coliseum on Tuesday night. Colin was diagnosed in February with bone cancer, but he's tough, just like his hero. HENDERSON FAMILY

WWE wrestler Roman Reigns, you must meet 8-year-old Colin Henderson, who is in the middle of a big fight of his own.

Colin, a healthy kid all his life, was diagnosed with bone cancer in February. He is coming to the Coast Coliseum on Tuesday night for the WWE Smackdown. He wants to meet you so bad.

A nice group at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., raised enough money to buy him, his mom, his brother and his dad four tickets on the second row for the show. Those tickets were $195 each.

The group was willing to spring for the VIP tickets that would have allowed Colin to attend the meet-and-greet, but they had been snapped up. They've contacted everyone they could think of, including me.

Do you have any pull?

His mom said Colin was a fan the minute he saw you. He has a Roman Reigns hat, T-shirt, action figures, you name it.

All the television sets in the house are tuned to WWE on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. That way, he can pause the TV set in one room while he moves to another without missing any action.

Sheree Adams, who works at Nissan and raised the money for the tickets, lost her own son to cancer eight years ago. She met Colin in the hospital. He had devised a tent in his hospital bed and was sitting under it while they talked.

“He's just a little chipper dude," Adams said. "He was just so funny.”

Colin had just had surgery on his right leg, the one where the cancer started. It was his second day of physical therapy. He told the physical therapist, "Woman, you are killing me. They need to fire you!”

Colin was only joking. He's facing an extensive surgery in September because doctors found spots on both his lungs. Meeting him, his family and supporters think, would give him a boost for the ordeal.

He is unable to play outside, which is hard. Colin is a country boy, said his mom, Kristen Dorrell. He's a football player and he also likes drag racing.

One of his favorite things is to get his mom, or anyone else he can catch, into one of your wrestling holds.

He's fully aware of his condition and involved in his treatment. He likes to change his own bandages and push the medicine into his intravenous line. He's been having chemotherapy since February, which means he's in the hospital a good bit of the time.

Colin and I talked about you and how excited he is to attend the WWE Smackdown.

I told him I heard that he had been sick. "A little bit," he said. "Just a little."

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