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2018 Dream Team

2018 Dream Team Recap Video

Check out the 2018 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Dream Team recap video to see all the fun that was had during the inaugural year of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Dream Team including Signing Day, the Scouting Trip to Gainesville and the Dream Team Meet & Greet with TaxSlayer Gator Bowl teams!

Meet the 2018 Dream Team

Jake Berglund

Representing: Yulee

Favorite Team: Florida Gators

Why Jake is This Weeks MVP:

  • Jake was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemi last month and is now in remission.
  • He is the Yulee High School and Middle School Mascot, Buzz the Hornet!

Blake Dunham

Representing: St. Johns County

Favorite Team: Florida State Seminoles

Why Blake is This Weeks MVP:

  • Blake was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia 3 years ago after experiencing severe abdominal pain and appendicitis.
  • She completed the maintenance phase of her protocol late last year.

Jordyn Harris

Representing: Jacksonville (Ortega)

Favorite Team: Florida A&M Rattlers

Why Jordyn is This Weeks MVP:

  • Jordyn was diagnosed with atrioventricular septal defect days before her last birthday and was ordered to stop doing physical activity.
  • They have since repaired her heart and she is happily on the mend.

Deon Jordan

Representing: Camden County

Favorite Team: Florida Gators

Why Deon is This Weeks MVP:

  • Deon was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called craniopharyngioma.
  • He underwent an extreme amount of proton radiation at UF Health and is the ultimate Gators fan – he knows every statistics for every sport!

Hayes McIntyre

Representing: Yulee

Favorite Team: Ohio State Buckeyes

Why Hayes is This Weeks MVP:

  • Hayes was diagnosed with chordoma last year which is a type of cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull and spine.
  • After months of traveling the country for treatments, he’s glad to be home!

Camryn Naff

Representing: Intercoastal West

Favorite Team: Georgia Bulldogs

Why Camryn is This Weeks MVP:

  • Camryn is battling cystic fibrosis which makes it hard to absorb nutrients and fat while also making it difficult to breathe.
  • She takes up to 25 pills a day and completes chest physical therapy daily.

Jacob Sandoval

Representing: Jacksonville (Northside)

Favorite Team: New England Patriots

Why Jacob is This Weeks MVP:

  • Jacob was born with a rare genetic disorder known as brittle bone disease & has endured multiple fractures, surgeries, and health obstacles.
  • There is no cure, but he gets infusions that help strengthen bones and decrease pain.

Jacob Shedlin

Representing: St. Johns County

Favorite Team: Clemson Tigers

Why Jacob is This Weeks MVP:

  • Jacob was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor late last year.
  • After brain surgery, proton therapy & months of chemotherapy, he is proud to announce he has no evidence of disease.

Norah Sproles

Representing: Tallahassee

Favorite Team: Florida State Seminoles

Why Norah is This Weeks MVP:

  • Norah was born with the most severe form of spine bifida.
  • She was able to spend an entire week in Orlando at Give Kids The World last Christmas.

King Tatum

Representing: Jacksonville (Northside)

Favorite Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Why King is This Weeks MVP:

  • King was born 1 lb 14 oz at just 26 weeks
  • He  was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spent 2 months in the hospital before going home.

Payton Titus

Representing: Jacksonville (Arlington)

Favorite Team: Florida Gators

Why Payton is This Weeks MVP:

  • Payton was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year after thinking she had a sports injury.
  • After months of intense chemo, Payton has been deemed cancer free!

Zion Williams

Representing: Jacksonville (Westside)

Favorite Team: Florida State Seminoles

Why Zion is This Weeks MVP:

  • Zion  was diagnosed with a germ-cell tumor commonly found in the brain called germinoma.
  • He finished up an intense proton therapy program at UF last year.