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Gamecock fans raise $12K for cancer survivor's trip to Outback Bowl

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TAMPA, Fla. (WCIV) -- Gamecocks fans are flocking to the Outback Bowl in Tampa. One of those fans is getting the trip of his life thanks to a former University of South Carolina baseball player. 

Minor league player Whit Merrifield is best known for getting the game-winning hit in USC's first College World Series title.

Merrifield was on Twitter recently when he saw a close family friend, Josh Rominger, tweeting about his beloved Gamecocks.

In a recent bout with cancer, Rominger lost a leg. But Merrifield set a goal to raise enough money to send Rominger to the Outback Bowl and meet the team.

"We want to plan this for Josh. Take care of it all: pay for it all, all expense paid, get him to Tampa, pay for a hotel, pay for food, and get him to a practice," Merrifield said.

He put his plea on YouTube and Gamecock fans responded. In fact, fans donated more than $12,000. A lot of that money will go towards a prosthetic leg.

"It's awesome. The support is overwhelming," Rominger said. "To get a leg and walk again would be amazing. That means the world to me -- to walk again. That's my motivation right now."

Rominger said Monday that his Christmas wish was for a Gamecock win in the Outback Bowl. 

"I hope Santa will bring it," Rominger said.

Now Rominger is in Tampa living out his dream. 

The Gamecocks face Michigan at noon on Tuesday.

 

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