Mason Ferrulli is going to the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The Ripon 16-year-old battling a rare form of brain cancer was surprised Wednesday by Manteca Ford owner Phil Waterford with a trip to Las Vegas to see the San Francisco 49ers battle the Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL championship.
Mason and his father were presented with tickets by Waterford for seating in the lower bowl, allowing then to witness the excitement of the game up close and personal.
"It's not what you have that counts, it's what you do with what you have that makes a difference," Waterford said. "I am thrilled to be a part of Mason's journey and witness his strength as he continues to navigate through life's challenges."
Waterford noted despite enduring numerous setbacks, including risky surgeries and intensive treatments, Mason has displayed unwavering strength and faith that has inspired countless individuals around the world.
Mason's remarkable journey caught the attention of Waterford a number of years ago.
The Manteca auto dealer has been helping Mason ever since.
After an unforgettable experience at a recent football game, where Mason cheered on his favorite team, Waterford knew they had to take it a step further.
Waterford said Mason's resilience and positivity serve as a beacon of hope for all those facing adversity. His story reminds us of the power of perseverance and the importance of coming together as a community, regardless of differences.
Super Bowl tickets, as of Wednesday, were selling for an average of $8,000 each on the secondary market.