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A birthday “wish” that will never be forgotten

Posted by Teresa Varley on September 14, 2012 – 1:55 pm

Caleb Adkins had a birthday celebration that he never in his wildest dreams could have imagined. Adkins, who is from West Virginia, was a guest at Steelers practice on Friday thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

After practice Adkins, who turns 11 on Saturday, Sept. 15, was pulled into the middle of the team huddle, where all of the players and coaches sang “Happy Birthday” to him, bringing a smile to his face that might never fade.

“That was an awesome feeling,” said Adkins. “I never had anything like that in my life. It made me feel so good. Talking to all of the players was a real honor. It’s one of the best days of my life.”

Adkins, who has suffered from febrile seizures since he was 11 months old although they have faded the last two years, has always loved the Steelers and his wish was to meet Doug Legursky, who is also from West Virginia.

“That means so much that he wanted to meet me,” said Legursky. “Being from a small town and making it to this level and to have fans and people that look up to me that much it’s a great honor and privilege. We take so much stuff for granted. These kids that struggle every day to survive, the least we can do is spend some time with them and put a smile on their face and pick their day up a little bit.”

And for Atkins parents, it was a birthday gift that meant as much to them as it did to him.

“It’s been a wonderful experience for him,” said Sonya Adkins. “He is just speechless. He doesn’t know what to think of everything. It’s just great. It’s very emotional for me. Seeing your child suffering like that is hard for a parent and this is just a great opportunity for him and I know he is enjoying himself because he loves the Steelers and this is his dream.”



Posted in Community, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “A birthday “wish” that will never be forgotten”

  1. By Mick on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Proud of all of you. Yinz guys got heart.

  2. By Jim on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    What a great thing the steelers, players and make a wish have done. That kid will never forget it

  3. By metal0717 on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Shows you how great the STEELERS really are,they do this stuff all the time

  4. By Mike D. on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    This is why the Steelers seperate themselves from the rest… Family. And its why I am a fan of the organization, win, lose, or draw.

  5. By Craig Sciortino on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    This birthday gift to this child is a clear example of why the steelers have the fan base that they have all over the country. There hearts are as big as their size…..go steelers

  6. By Brian P. on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Yinz are the best…. Here I am a 300 lb. construction worker crying like a baby cause of these pictures of yinz and some of the great things yinz do. Win or lose I’m black and gold through and through thanks to yinz and the things yinz do on and off the field.

  7. By Brad Norman on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    When you think back to draft picks for the last 40 years many times the response was “who”….Stallworth, Lambert, Greene…etc…etc…turns out the Rooneys’ draft more than just ability….they draft “heart”….heart is something difficult to explain….you just know it when you see it….Thank you Steelers for knowing what’s important and God bless every one of you!

  8. By Cathy A on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    This is awesome. I volunteer for Make A Wish and Caleb is our wish child.
    Thanks to Doug and all the Steelers for making this a birthday Caleb will remember for a lifetime. We love you Caleb!

  9. By Dennis Adkins Jr. on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    This is Caleb’s father, Dennis Adkins Jr. , and I would like to say thank you to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and to all the players and Steelers organization for all you did for my son Caleb. I had given up on professional sports until now. I am definately a fan of the Steelers and forever will be.

  10. By Larry P. on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    I am from the East side of the State, Eagles are my first love, Steelers are second, although most of my family are Steelers fans, went to Pitt etc etc.
    Class acts of kindness are what makes me such a fan of the Steelers, they never cease to amaze me from Art Rooneys days to today. Long live the Steeler Nation.

  11. By Jeanie Petrik on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    No wonder I have been a Steelers fan for years! I can only imagine the joy Caleb (and his family) had to meet the Steelers. Thank you, Steelers, for taking the time to bring happiness to this child. GO STEELERS!!!!!

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