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Steelers make a wish come true

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 10, 2012 – 2:25 pm

Safety Troy Polamalu made a day at training camp special for 11-year old Teddy Theys, who got to meet his favorite Steelers player and many others thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Theys attended one of the team’s morning practices, receiving a personal welcome from Coach Mike Tomlin before meeting Polamalu and hanging out with him on the practice field.

“I like the Steelers and they are my favorite team,” said a shy Theys, who learned his wish was coming true just hours before it happened. “I liked them since I was a little boy. Troy is really good and he has long hair which I like.”

Theys, who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, isn’t allowed to play football but is still an active young boy.

“This meant the world,” said his father Robert Theys from Portage, Pa. “This is his dream and it lifts his spirits. He realizes he can do anything he wants with his heart problems. They are giving him the strength to keep on going through it and go forward. I just can’t explain how it’s going to help him and give him the strength to keep on going.”

In addition to meeting Polamalu, Theys also met Brett Keisel and Ben Roethlisberger on the field, and then the rest of the players once practice ended.

“It’s awesome. It’s so much fun,” said Roethlisberger. “When a kid’s wish is to hang out with the Steelers, it’s special. To see the smile on their face is so neat.”




 

 


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22 Responses to “Steelers make a wish come true”

  1. By Pat McKenna on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Always nice to see a feel good story like this one…the Steelers have always been good will agents….

  2. By tessa soltis on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    The picture of the two of them walking away is a classic!

  3. By C Wagner on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    It is so heart warming tp see our professional Steeler athletes act in this humane manner. They are not all after the biggest contract dollars that money will provide like Drew of New Orleans, Peyton of Denver and even sorry to say Mike Wallace of the Steelers. Maybe the rookie QB of Browns Weeden should take the hint.

  4. By santos cruz on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    The STEELERS ARE ALL CLASS,THROUGH AND THROUGH.

    I WISH ALL A HEALTHY SUCCESSFULL SEASON.GO PITTSUBURGH!

    SANTOS

  5. By Libra930 on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    O.M.G Troy is my FAVORITE PLAYER #43. Great picture Little Guy

  6. By Denise on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    thank you to my Pittsburgh Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. By Thomas on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    Now that’s what I’m talken!

  8. By Ralph liggett on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome

  9. By Gerry Rodriguez on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    Steelers are a first class organization on and off the field. They do these kinds of things all the time but they rather not get credit for it. Leadership starts at the top, none better than the Rooney family. Thank you for always keeping the fan in mind.

  10. By Alison on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    My Steelers are a class act! There are so many things to be proud of this team for and their compassion and charitable works is on top of the list! #steelersrock

  11. By Barry Fox on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    Make a Wish Foundation is a great organization and glad Teddy Theys came true!

  12. By Paula on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    The Steelers are amazing and always giving back to Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. You guys live with your hearts in your surroundings.

  13. By Paul T on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    That is what I love about the Steelers…. Keep it up guys.

  14. By Jim on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    Steelers, a class act all the way, on and off the field.

    Way to go STEELERS!!!!

  15. By Pete Coppola on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    Troy is truly a class act! Way to go, and nice job to the rest of the Steelers team and staff.

  16. By zac on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    Nice job guys!!!!!!

  17. By johndavidcrawford on Aug 11, 2012 | Reply

    “Tis true….class is…what class does. Steelers and the Rooney Family : CLASS!!!!

  18. By steelcity ridah on Aug 12, 2012 | Reply

    every organization would be better off if they did things like the Rooneys,The steelers are a prime example of thee ethics the rooneys insteel.Hard work,comittment,tradition,and good ol hard nose football.Much love to the we go SteelersRooneys and all of Steeler nation for there is no greater fanbase then the black and gold.Here we go Steelers,Here we go!bng4life

  19. By Big Daddy on Aug 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m from the “burgh” but I live a thousand miles away now for the past 5 years, but reading stories like this. make’s me proud to be a Pittsburgh’r and even more proud of my stillers and the Rooney’s.

  20. By SHAQONEAL14 on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    I want to meet the steelers players someday! I hope I can!

  21. By Denys Theys on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Thank You soooooooo much for making Teddy’s wish come true!!!!!!!!!!!!! He had a awesome time that he’ll treasure forever…

  22. By Travis Theys on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you Pittsburgh Steelers for makeing my little brother’s wish come true. You guys are truley amazing and I can’t wait to see you on the field.

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