Steelers DE’s ill son cleared to attend Super Bowl

Going to the Super Bowl is exciting. It must be even more so for Elijah Smith.

The 5-year-old son of Steelers DE Aaron Smith has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which is cancer of the white blood cells. However, doctors have cleared Elijah to travel to Tampa, Fla., to see his father’s team play the Cardinals for the NFL title.

Aaron Smith spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the good news:

    “This will be the first time he’s traveled (since being diagnosed with leukemia). Depending on what his (blood) count comes back as, he doesn’t go too many places. A simple virus or a simple cold can be very dangerous. We have to be careful what we expose him to. I think the fact that he gets to go someplace is more exciting than actually going to the game.”

Elijah was diagnosed with the disease in October, but he has responded well to chemotherapy. Because of that, doctors were OK with pushing back Elijah’s next session a couple days so he can attend the Super Bowl.

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