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A Granbury teenager is in a fight for his life and preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Now, thanks to the power of Twitter, he's getting some major league support from some big-name North Texas athletes.

Briggs Berry had a celebration Thursday night, getting social time with friends and family. His rare condition and looming transplant didn't have the 17-year-old sad –- he was on cloud nine, largely from the attention he's gotten online.

Berry has heard from Demarcus Ware, Dez Bryant, Mike Napoli and more.

"Mark Cuban said, ‘Hey, when you gonna come sit next to me at the Mavs game?'" said Berry.

It all began when Ben Rogers from the Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan started talking and tweeting about Berry Wednesday, and since then, the attention has been nonstop.

The die-hard sports fan has received all kinds of sports memorabilia from several North Texas teams. 

"Seeing all these big names is really awesome," said Berry.

But what the teen loves most of all is the awareness he's bringing to his rare condition. The technical name for it is X-linked hyper IgM, an immune deficiency condition that makes the high school junior's daily life a bit challenging.

"I can't have ice, can't have water from a water fountain," said Berry. "I have to take daily medicine."

"I try not to be a helicopter mom, you know, that hovers over him," said Deanna, Berry's mom.

She lost another son named Tyler to the same rare condition, so this bone marrow transplant next month for them, is an answered prayer.

"Briggs is so brave and courageous and strong, and he's just like his brother, and his brother would be proud," she said.

Berry's transplant is scheduled for Feb. 27. He'll be going through a round of chemotherapy to prepare for it.

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