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Family gets to watch son's football game 2,000 miles away

GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -

The Patton family loves football. They have attended each and every one of their son Zachary Patton's games.

"This is our last game of the season. It could be my last game because I'm a senior," said Zach Patton who plays for Campo Verde's High School football team.

Zach Patton's family however, was not able to watch his final game. 

"This is the first game my family has ever missed in my high school career," explained Zach Patton.

His parents are 2,000 miles away with his sister, McKindree Patton. She is suffering from a rare blood disorder linked to leukemia.

"The doctors haven't seen anybody quite like her, so they're trying to figure out how to help her have a better quality of life," said McKindree Patton's mother, Aimee Patton.

The family is at the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. They have been there all week long, arriving just as Superstorm Sandy made landfall.

"(The doctors) are doing (tests) for research purposes in order to maybe help someone else down the road," explained Aimee.

However, the family members are huge football fans, and everyone is upset they're missing the game, including 14-year-old McKindree Patton.

"She wouldn't miss it either, and she loves her big brother," said father Jye Patton.

However, a friend hit CBS 5's Action Button, so we went out to the game, streaming the entire thing live to the family.

"We're a really close family. We love doing everything together," said Zach Patton.

Campe Verde High School lost the game, but the Pattons say they are just glad to have watched it together.

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