Young cancer survivor gets surprise visit to Bears' practice

A young man who survived a cancer scare got a big surprise from the Chicago Bears.

Not only is Jake Seither going to Sunday night’s game against the Vikings, he also got to spend a day at Halas Hall.

"It's kind of always been a dream to meet Bears players and come here,” Jacob said.

Football and the Bears have always been Jake’s passion. And on Friday, the 13-year-old cancer survivor had one of his dreams come true. He spent a day hanging with the Bears at Halas Hall.

“I got to break down the huddle and meet some of the players,” Jacob said.

Last Spring, a day like today might have seemed impossible.

“In May, it was his fourth time he was coughing up blood. and it was horrible, but it was probably a blessing, because that was how we found the carcinoid,” said mother Michelle Seither.

Doctors found a cancerous tumor on one of Jake's lungs. The 13-year-old went into surgery the next day at Lurie Children's Hospital. Half of one of his lungs was removed.

“The fact that a few months ago maybe he wouldn’t' have come out of it, or,something could have happened, to see him doing  something he still loves, is a miracle,” mom said.

Doctors say Jake should have no problem continuing to play football, so he should be able to put into practice some of the tips he picked up from the Bears.

“It's an awesome day, an awesome day,” mom said.

Jake's mother says his outlook is good and he'll just have to go through periodic checkups in the year ahead.