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"M" for Miller: Soccer team honors leukemia-stricken father

By Jamie Hicks
Published On: Sep 24 2013 12:00:22 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 24 2013 12:01:00 AM CDT

Swansboro High School's undefeated soccer team is having another great year, but it's what the team is doing off the field that is turning heads.

SWANSBORO, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Swansboro High School's soccer team is having another great year. But it's what the team is doing off the field that is turning heads.

Just last week, team members decided to shave the letter "M" onto their heads in honor of the father of one of their players. That father has leukemia.

Dalton Miller said his dad, Andy Miller, was diagnosed with the cancer a month ago. Dalton said his father immediately went to a hospital to receive treatment.

"[We shaved] 'M' for Miller. We all decided to support him. He deserves it. He’s always here for us, just like a family," said team member John Scofield.

"Andy means a lot to all of us. He coached a lot of us when we were younger. He acts as a dad and mentor to us," added team member Nicholas Kohlmann.

Dalton said when his teammates came up with the idea of shaving 'M' onto their heads, he couldn't believe it.

"Just that they had the thought to do that and put him in that special place, it was really great to me. It was huge," Dalton said.

Dalton said his father was speechless when they showed him their new hair style.

"It meant the world to him. It really did mean the world," Dalton said.

Dalton told NewsChannel 12 that before his father got sick, he never missed a game. Dalton said now that his father is out of the hospital and his cancer in in remission, he's the loudest fan in the crowd once again.

"Even with his little mask on that he has to wear, you can still hear him just as loud," Dalton said.

Dalton said his dad is a fighter. His teammates said they will continue to support the Miller family.

"You never know what can happen. But for now, we're hoping for the best, that he gets better and stays better," Dalton said.