Ellen surprises family of NC boy battling cancer

Braylon Beam of North Carolina appears on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show.'

A North Carolina boy battling a brain tumor appeared on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”  that aired Monday – and Ellen had a huge surprise.

Braylon Beam, a 6-year-old from Denver, a small town near Charlotte, had appeared on the show before. Since then, he has become a favorite of the Carolina Panthers, serving as an honorary coach at FanFest before the season and exchanging fist bumps with Cam Newton throughout the year.

Beam and his family caught the attention of Ellen and the Panthers after Braylon took an unusual approach to his treatments. He often dances, even at treatments, and his lively, life-filled dances have captivated audiences. The #JustKeepDancing hashtag has been a big hit on Twitter.

“I can’t stop thinking about him,” Ellen said on her show, which airs in the Triangle on WNCN. “He’s got a sparkle to his eye.”

Beam appeared on the “Ellen” show Monday and did his best to get Ellen, who is from Louisiana, to change her allegiance from the Saints to the Panthers.

She said she’d pull for the Panthers – as well as the Saints – and then she pulled a surprise. Noting that the family has been under a great deal of pressure with the illness, Ellen said she had been giving away gifts for her “12 days of giveaways.”

“I want to give you everything that we have given away,” Ellen said as Beam’s parents shrieked with joy.

Braylon was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in February. His father, Jess, said in September that the tumor was shrinking.

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