It’s official: Young Iowa State fan headed to TCU for West Virginia game

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin will welcome 7-year-old Iowa State fan Abby Faber, the little girl he befriended on the field before playing the Cyclones.
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This story keeps getting sweeter.

TCU coach Gary Patterson alluded to it on Tuesday and now it’s official: Abby Faber, the 7-year-old little girl captured in a heartwarming photograph with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin that went viral, will attend Thursday night’s nationally televised game on FS1 between No. 5 TCU and West Virginia in Fort Worth.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Abby’s father, Steve, told the family’s plans to Star-Telegram photographer Paul Moseley, who snapped the shot prior to TCU playing Iowa State two weeks ago in Ames, Iowa. Faber, who is in a wheelchair because she has battled spastic diplegia cerebral palsy since age 3, was on the field for the coin toss as a special guest.

Following the coin toss, Boykin, on his own volition, squatted down and engaged her in a conversation. Moseley put the photo on his Facebook page with a description of the act of kindness he witnessed, and later Boykin posted the photograph to his Instagram account. It instantly took off and became a national story.

Later, a TCU student group started an online fundraiser to help Faber’s family and raised thousands of dollars.

“It’s just mind-boggling, really,” Steve Faber told Sports Illustrated. 

No plans were announced by TCU, according the Star-Telegram, of any special recognition of Faber at the game. But she will certainly be there for the 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

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