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FARGO—They managed to not only capture the heart Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz, but of Bison Nation, too.

The family of Lukas Kusters, known as the Dutch Destroyer, took in all things Bison at Saturday's game against South Dakota.

It's all too familiar sound in North Fargo: Bison Tailgating.

It's as guaranteed as snow up in the Valley.

But in the sea of green and gold, there were some first time faces.

Faces, that have captivated America: the family of 10-year-old Lukas Kusters.

"It's incredible being here. We've been welcomed in such a huge way," said Rebecca Burmeff, Lukas' mother.

Lukas was known as the "Dutch Destroyer" and featured in an ESPN piece.

He lost his battle to stomach cancer after two years of fighting.

But before he died, one wish, to thank former NDSU and now Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback, Carson Wentz.

"He was amazing. Just so special to us," said Burmeff.

Since that day, "the amount of love and support we've received. It's just been overwhelming," said Burmeff.

That love and support was just as apparent here at tailgating.

"We've been greeted by Bison friends and family since before we got here," said Burmeff.

But one person stood out of the crowd for this family: Doug Wentz, Carson's dad.

"That was.. an emotional moment for me. I just wanted to hug him tight and thank him for his son," said Burmeff.

After meeting the man behind the legend, the family received a souvenir as unique as themselves: An NDSU Bison helmet.

"Number 11 on the back of it. Wonderful tailgators gave it to us. This will be going home right into Lukas' room. It's pretty awesome," said Burmeff.

With all of this love and support, the family officially knows what Bison Pride is.

"We can very easily see where Carson gets it from," said Burmeff.

It didn't hurt to take in a pretty good game.

But before the game began, they received a welcome to Bison Nation, 19,000 strong.

Before Kick-off, NDSU Athletics brought the family onto the field and the sea of Bison Fans, gave them a standing ovation.

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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