Florida’s Jim McElwain touches base with cancer patient

Boy battling cancer asks Gators to beat Ole Miss with creative sign.

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A young boy battling leukemia had one simple request of Jim McElwain and Florida: beat Ole Miss on Saturday. 

An 8-year-old boy named Jay Ryon tweeted McElwain earlier this week, with a sign that read "I’m beating cancer. Please beat Ole Miss!" Ryon has been battling the disease since 2014. 

McElwain responded with an inspirational tweet of his own, offering a pledge to fight in Ryon’s honor. A GoFundMe page has been created for Ryon as a way to raise money for his treatment. Blue and orange ‘Team Jay’ wristbands are also available to help the cause.