As soon as the horn signaled the end of Steelers’ practice on Wednesday, Brandon Brawdy’s smile was a mile wide, but nonetheless the 15-year old looked slightly overwhelmed when he saw the entire team heading his way.
It was a moment he had been waiting for since his family contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer almost a year ago, sharing with them his love for the Steelers and wanting to find a way for him to meet some of his favorite players, in particular defensive end Brett Keisel.
“It’s an amazing honor,” said Keisel. “First off that they can have one wish in the world and it’s to hang out with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the day. That’s a remarkable honor for this organization. For him to want to meet me is incredibly humbling. It means a lot to me.”
Keisel, Coach Mike Tomlin, and all of the players spent time signing autographs, posing for pictures and visiting with Brawdey, who came with his family from Piedmont, South Carolina, for practice and the team’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
“This has been almost a year we had this in the works,” said his mother Terry Brawdey. “The smile…he loves the players, he loves the Steelers. For the whole family to be able to do this trip has been great. We never know…we take one day at a time. You never know. We just have to enjoy every moment we can.”
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