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Ex-NFL star Vernon Davis surprises partially blind brain tumor survivor with a video call

Big-hearted Dancing with the Stars hunk Vernon Davis surprised partially blind brain tumor survivor Sophie Ryan with an impromptu video call to the delight of the little girl, DailyMailTV can reveal.

In an exclusive video, former NFL superstar Vernon is seen calling Sophie after performing on the hit show last Monday to see if she tuned in – and the thrilled seven-year-old immediately asked the star to be her boyfriend.

Doctors dubbed Sophie a walking miracle after she overcame multiple brain surgeries after being diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma brain tumor as a baby.

Initially medics told her mother Tracy that the tumor would not respond well to chemotherapy – and all they could do was to prevent further growth.

But Sophie’s life changed when talk show host Ricki Lake, and her documentary film partner Abby Epstein, connected to her family and asked them to take part in a film called Weed the People, about the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

Former NFL star Vernon Davis called brain tumor survivor Sophie Ryan after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

Former NFL star Vernon Davis called brain tumor survivor Sophie Ryan after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

Former NFL star Vernon Davis called brain tumor survivor Sophie Ryan after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

Former NFL star Vernon Davis called brain tumor survivor Sophie Ryan after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

Former NFL star Vernon Davis made a surprise video call to brain tumor survivor Sophie Ryan after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

Doctors dubbed Sophie a walking miracle after she overcame multiple brain surgeries after being diagnosed with a brain tumor as a baby. Sophie was left partially blind until her sight returned earlier this year

Doctors dubbed Sophie a walking miracle after she overcame multiple brain surgeries after being diagnosed with a brain tumor as a baby. Sophie was left partially blind until her sight returned earlier this year

Doctors dubbed Sophie a walking miracle after she overcame multiple brain surgeries after being diagnosed with a brain tumor as a baby. Sophie was left partially blind until her sight returned earlier this year

Sophie’s family decided to try the controversial new treatment and using a combination of high-THC and high-CBD cannabis oils along with chemotherapy saw spectacular results.

A video shared with DailyMailTV shows Sophie watching Vernon dance, and it’s the first time she’s been able to see the show since her sight returned earlier this year.

She’s heard screaming: ‘Oh my gosh mommy it’s Vernon, I can see him.’

Sophie was wowed by the former NFL tight end who she said was ‘very handsome’ and at the end of the routine the little girl excitedly shouted: ‘Good job Vernon.’

Vernon, who won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos in 2016, impressed Monday night with a sensual foxtrot with partner Peta Murgatroyd.

Judge Bruno Tonioli described the dance as ‘sizzling’ and the pair earned enough points to make it into the second week of the competition.

The following day Sophie, who is a huge Dancing with the Stars fan, was surprised by her favorite dancer on Zoom who took time out from rehearsals to call her.

Vernon impressed Monday night with a sensual foxtrot with partner Peta Murgatroyd on Dancing with the Stars. Judge Bruno Tonioli described the dance as 'sizzling' and the pair earned enough points to make it into the second week of the competition

Vernon impressed Monday night with a sensual foxtrot with partner Peta Murgatroyd on Dancing with the Stars. Judge Bruno Tonioli described the dance as 'sizzling' and the pair earned enough points to make it into the second week of the competition

Vernon impressed Monday night with a sensual foxtrot with partner Peta Murgatroyd on Dancing with the Stars. Judge Bruno Tonioli described the dance as ‘sizzling’ and the pair earned enough points to make it into the second week of the competition

'Oh my gosh mommy it's Vernon, I can see him,' Sophie screamed. She's seen on the Zoom call with her mother Tracy and father Joshua

'Oh my gosh mommy it's Vernon, I can see him,' Sophie screamed. She's seen on the Zoom call with her mother Tracy and father Joshua

‘Oh my gosh mommy it’s Vernon, I can see him,’ Sophie screamed. She’s seen on the Zoom call with her mother Tracy and father Joshua 

In an exclusive video, Vernon is seen calling Sophie after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

In an exclusive video, Vernon is seen calling Sophie after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

In an exclusive video, Vernon is seen calling Sophie after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

In an exclusive video, Vernon is seen calling Sophie after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in

In an exclusive video, Vernon is seen calling Sophie after performing on the hit show Monday to see if she tuned in. As they said goodbye, Vernon said: ‘You’re amazing Sophie,’ and the seven-year-old responded: ‘I love you’

Vernon opened up by saying: ‘Sophie you’re so cute,’ to which she responded, ‘Thank you Vernon.’

Sophie, who was sat with mom Tracy, then asked: ‘Are you married? Can you be my boyfriend?’

But before Vernon could answer Sophie admitted sweetly: ‘I have another boyfriend, his name’s Brandon and he’s a skateboarder.’

Sophie asked Vernon what his next dance is and he said he and Peta are dancing a paso doble on the show Monday.

Little Sophie was on with Vernon for almost 30 minutes and even invited him to her Zoom birthday party on October 3. Sophie’s dad Josh joined half way through.

As they said goodbye, Vernon said: ‘You’re amazing Sophie,’ and the seven-year-old responded: ‘I love you.’

Dad-of-three Vernon, 36, told DailyMailTV: ‘What an amazing little girl, it was a joy talking to her, it was the best part of my day.

‘Sophie’s courage and personality is as big as her heart, these are the things that matter, that’s what life is all about.’

Little Sophie was on with Vernon for almost 30 minutes and even invited him to her Zoom birthday party on October 3

Little Sophie was on with Vernon for almost 30 minutes and even invited him to her Zoom birthday party on October 3

Little Sophie was on with Vernon for almost 30 minutes and even invited him to her Zoom birthday party on October 3

Doctors dubbed Sophie a walking miracle after she overcame multiple brain surgeries after being diagnosed with a brain tumor as a baby

Doctors dubbed Sophie a walking miracle after she overcame multiple brain surgeries after being diagnosed with a brain tumor as a baby

Sophie was left partially blind until her sight returned earlier this year, and she was seen watching Vernon dance in heartwarming video

Sophie was left partially blind until her sight returned earlier this year, and she was seen watching Vernon dance in heartwarming video

Sophie was left partially blind until her sight returned earlier this year, and she was seen watching Vernon dance in heartwarming video

Sophie’s mom Tracy, 45, said her daughter was equally thrilled by the call.

‘As soon as we hung up she said he was such a sweetheart, she said, ”I really like him so much, I just want him to be my boyfriend”.

‘She has a lot of family who she does FaceTime calls with every day and she was telling them all about it. It really made her day.

‘Sophie has been through a lot so moments like this mean a lot to her.’

Sophie is the inspiration behind the charity Saving Sophie, and has spoken all over the country to thousands of people about her personal journey.

She is also the inspiration behind the groundbreaking cancer research led by Dr. Anahid Jewett at UCLA that transpired after the family were desperate to get Sophie’s rare type of disease more research.

To help in her fundraising efforts Sophie turned designer and teamed up with LAMO shoes who make Sophie’s own line of footwear with her unique designs.

Tracy, who lives with Sophie and husband Josh in Sherman Oaks, California said the future is looking bright for Sophie as her health continues to improve

Tracy, who lives with Sophie and husband Josh in Sherman Oaks, California said the future is looking bright for Sophie as her health continues to improve

Tracy, who lives with Sophie and husband Josh in Sherman Oaks, California said the future is looking bright for Sophie as her health continues to improve

The firm gives a percentage of the sales from the shoes to her charity.

Tracy, who lives with Sophie and husband Josh in Sherman Oaks, California said the future is looking bright for Sophie as her health continues to improve.

‘She had her last chemo on October 3 last year, her vision has been completely stable and continues to improve and get better.

‘Her doctors are amazed by her recovery.

‘That was the first time she was able to see Dancing with the Stars Monday. She has sat in the front row and watched the show before but could hardly see it.

‘This time she could see Vernon, she could see all the dancers. Before all she could see was light and shadows, it’s amazing.’

Tracy is a founder and driving partner of an immunotherapy research company and the founder and spokesperson for medical cannabis company CKSold formerly CannaKids. 

Source: Daily Mail

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