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Teen with Cancer is Music City Bowl Captain

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While the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fought it out on the field for the Music City Bowl, Trey Leonard, 17, was fighting for his life.

 "I had a brain tumor last year in May," Leonard said.

 Doctors removed the tumor from Leonard's brain but he still has to fight through round after round of painful chemotherapy.

 "It makes you tired and weak but I'm getting through it.,"Leonard said.

"I see the pain that he goes through in when he's having his chemo and the treatment and I just wish so much that I could be the person going through it for him but I can't and that's I guess what hurts me the most," said Cheryl Leonard, Trey's mom.

But on Monday, Trey played through the pain when the Music City Bowl called on him to serve as honorary captain.

 It's a moment his mom watched from a sky box provided by Franklin American Mortgage and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

"It means a lot," Cheryl Leonard said.  "He loves football and tomorrow he's going in for his treatment, so to have him have so much fun before he goes in to be treated for chemo is just great."

Trey's fight is far from over, but he finds strength in his faith.

"Just have faith in God and he'll lead you through it and just pray every day and God has an answer," Trey Leonard said.

He shows as much toughness as anyone in pads and cleats

"That's what I love about him," Cheryl said,  "He gives me the strength to get going.  Some days I don't let him see me cry, because you hate to see your child go through this but he's a fighter."

 No matter how many hits he takes, Trey believes he'll come through on the other side.

The Music City Bowl is just the beginning for Trey.  The Make-a-Wish Foundation is trying to grant his dream of meeting NBA star Derek Rose early next year.