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      Midlands family has thrill of a lifetime at USC fan appreciation day

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- Ten year old Abby McPherson has had her share of medical challenges since birth, but Sunday was a well-deserved dose of happiness.

      McPherson's mother, Jenny was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus also known as CMV during her pregnancy with Abby and the affects have lingered on since her birth where she weighed just over two pounds.

      The family of five enjoyed a rare family outing together Sunday attending USC football's Fan Appreciation Day at Colonial Life Arena.

      "We get to bring her here today because we felt like it was something she would enjoy," Abby's father Archie said.

      Abby strolled along with her parents, brother and sister through lines to receive autographs from coaches and players, but her most favorite moment was when she got to meet Cocky. The mascot gave a wave and blew a kiss her way, and immediately Abby cracked a smile.

      "It's really exciting for us to see things that bring joy to her and a smile to her face," Jenny said.

      The McPherson's say their faith and Abby's strength continues to get them through each day.

      "We've always said Abby came out fighting and has never stopped," Jenny said. "She's been through a lot of challenges medically and has come through a lot."

      And just like her favorite team, the Gamecocks, Abby will continue to fight.

      "It's a blessing to see her at ten years old able to come out and enjoy something fun like this."