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Nonprofit helps devoted Alabama fan with autism fulfill lifelong dream

A nonprofit organization in Charlotte, North Carolina has helped a devoted Alabama fan fulfill a lifelong dream.

Kurt Cherry, 18, of Charlotte, got a chance on Saturday to meet with Alabama coach Nick Saban, participate in the homecoming parade, receive and iPad and Crimson Tide swag.

Cherry’s wish came true thanks to the Charlotte-based nonprofit Dream On 3 and a man named Brandon Lindsey, according to

Lindsey said his Christian faith nudged him to steer his life in a different direction from climbing the corporate ladder. He said God laid on his heart that he was chasing trophies with no value.

“He has blessed us in a way that only He can and in the process He gave me a new definition of success – to serve,” Lindsey said.

While DO3 is not strictly a faith-based organization, Lindsey said the past five years are a testament to his relationship with God and DO3 is a significant part of his personal testament.

The nonprofit’s mission is to provide kids with special needs opportunities to fulfill their dreams with sponsored trips to meet sports legends. In its five years, DO3 has connected kids with dozens of athletes like Steph Curry, Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Cherry’s cousin and caretaker Joe McLean said he had never seen Cherry happier than when he talked with Nick Saban.

“(Saban) was standing there and Kurt just put his arm around his neck and got the greatest picture in the world,” McLean said. “And I love that about Kurt. He had no nerves, he was meeting his idol and he was going to get the best picture ever – and he did.”

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