Michigan State vs. Nebraska, 1.24.15

LINCOLN, NEB - 01/24/2015 Avery Harriman waves to the crowd in front of his mother Cheryl Harriman and sister Elsie before the Husker mens basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. ALLISON HESS/Lincoln Journal Star

ALLISON HESS/Lincoln Journal Star

Many Nebraskans and Nebraska basketball fans, in particular, developed a strong connection with Avery Harriman, the son of former Husker men's basketball assistant coach Chris Harriman, who's endured battles with leukemia nearly his entire life.

Harriman accepted an assistant coaching job at New Mexico this spring, but his wife, Cheryl, and three children will soon be moving back to Nebraska to provide better medical care for Avery.

Chris Harriman will remain in New Mexico, meaning this will be the first time the family will be split up.

That update came on this weekend Facebook post from Avery's Army, written by Cheryl Harriman.

Here's part of the post:

"As a parent of a child with special needs, its hard not to live in fear, but we try to hand our fear over to God and trust the journey. I know no matter where we are in the world Avery's condition won't change, but its our job as parents to put Avery in the best situation, with the best resources, and great support. Unfortunately the last couple of months have not been in our favor with Drs and schools. For that and a few other reasons we are MOVING BACK TO NEBRASKA where there are more resources and where we absolutely trust the medical care. The experiences we've gone through the last couple of months have made me think...God forbid something more serious were to happen to Avery...this is not the right place for him."

Harriman coached at Nebraska for three seasons before taking the New Mexico job, citing an opportunity to help put him in a better position to eventually become a head coach.

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Reach the writer at brosenthal@journalstar.com.


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