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Florida's Jim McElwain touches base with cancer patient

Dec 6, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is introduced during a press conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 6, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is introduced during a press conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A young boy battling leukemia had one simple request of Jim McElwain and Florida: beat Ole Miss on Saturday.

An 8-year old boy named Jay Ryon tweeted McElwain earlier this week, with a sign saying "I'm beating cancer. Please beat Ole Miss!" Ryon has been battling the disease since 2014.

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McElwain responded with an inspirational tweet of his own, offering a pledge to fight in Ryon's honor. A GoFundMe page has been created for Ryon as a way to raise money for his treatment. Blue and orange 'Team Jay' wristbands are also available to help the cause.