LSU’s Les Miles creates special game day for boy battling cancer
Les Miles and the LSU football program went above and beyond to create a special experience for a teen battling cancer this past weekend.
On Saturday, 16-year-old Sid Ortis was a guest of the Tigers head coach for their game against rival Auburn at Tiger Stadium. It was the latest evolution in a friendship that has grown over months.
Ortis was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2014, according to AL.com. Although an Alabama native, Ortis’ favorite team is LSU. According to the story, Miles in March called the Ortis, then 15, and told him, “Life is not how long you live, but how well you live it.”
You can see some of that exchange here and below.
Ortis’ family and the LSU community have kept in contact since and, on Saturday, Ortis got what his mother called “the best day of his life.”
— Sid Ortis (@sidortis) September 15, 2015
Ortis got to go down the field before Saturday’s game, where he spoke with Miles. In Miles’ private suite, Ortis and his family then got to watch LSU wallop Auburn, 45-21. Ortis surely had the best seat in Tiger Stadium to watch sophomore running back Leonard Fournette introduce himself to the nation (OK, those few who had yet to hear of him) with 228 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in the overwhelming victory.
Here is some video from the encounter:
Scott Ballard, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, posted this touching message to Facebook after the game.
On Nov. 7, LSU will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama. Ortis and his family will be in attendance for that contest, sitting again in Miles’ private suite.