Video: Trent Richardson is taking a leukemia survivor to prom

Trent Richardson is going to prom.

The former Alabama running back and Heisman finalist will take time out of his workout schedule to accompany 17-year-old Courtney Alvis, a leukemia survivor, to her senior prom at Hueytown (Ala.) High School on Saturday.

Wow, getting a little dusty in here.

Alvis spent the past year going through chemotherapy. She said she couldn't leave the house for fear of germs on her compromised immune system. She used a walker to get around. She missed her junior prom because doctors said she had to wear a mask and gloves to attend. And as her senior prom approached she had trouble getting a date.

[Related: Auburn's Shon Coleman joins football team after two-year bout with leukemia]

That's when her uncle, who had ties to the Alabama program, stepped in and started putting the word out. Richardson heard about Alvis and decided to help.

"I'm really excited but I'm also nervous," Alvis told television station WSFA. "I've watched Trent all the time on TV, and he's going to be coming to prom with me."

This is one of those great feel-good stories where an athlete uses his fame for good. Richardson is just a couple weeks away from the NFL draft, the biggest day of his life, and he's taking time out to make this young lady's prom all that she hoped it would be.

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