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.”
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