Gamecock fans raise $12K for cancer survivor's trip to Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (WCIV) -- Gamecocks fans are flocking to the Outback Bowl in Tampa. One of those fans is getting the trip of his life thanks to a former University of South Carolina baseball player.{}Minor league player Whit Merrifield is best known for getting the game-winning hit in USC's first College World Series title.Merrifield was on Twitter recently when he saw a close family friend, Josh Rominger, tweeting about his beloved Gamecocks.In a recent bout with cancer, Rominger lost a leg. But Merrifield set a goal to raise enough money to send Rominger to the Outback Bowl and meet the team."We want to plan this for Josh. Take care of it all: pay for it all, all expense paid, get him to Tampa, pay for a hotel, pay for food, and get him to a practice," Merrifield said.He put his plea on YouTube and Gamecock fans responded. In fact, fans donated more than{}$12,000. A lot of that money will go towards a prosthetic leg."It's awesome. The support is overwhelming," Rominger said. "To get a leg and walk again would be amazing. That means the world to me -- to walk again. That's my motivation right now."Rominger said Monday that his Christmas wish was for a Gamecock win in the Outback Bowl.{}"I hope Santa will bring it," Rominger said.Now Rominger is in Tampa living out his dream.{}The Gamecocks face Michigan at noon on Tuesday.