Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, looks up toward the sky during a downpour at Bank of America Stadium on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., during the team's Fan Fest. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, looks up toward the sky during a downpour at Bank of America Stadium on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., during the team's Fan Fest. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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Carolina Panthers get new coach from Make-A-Wish Foundation

August 05, 2016 10:35 PM

The Carolina Panthers got a new coach on Friday in 7-year-old Aiden Amason.

Amason took over for Braylon Beam, an honorary child coach for the past season through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Beam passed the torch to Amason, who had an introductory press conference in the hour before the start of practice.

Amason, a rising second grader at Hardin Park Elementary in Boone, is getting treatment for Stage 4 Desmoplastic Round Blue Cell Tumors – a rare form of cancer.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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