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A “once in a lifetime experience” for a special fan

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 21, 2012 – 5:10 pm

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Colin Hayes was in awe when Steelers’ practice ended on Friday and the players came over to shake his hand, say hello, take a few pictures and sign his football.

“This is incredible,” said Hayes. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience being around the guys. They are all so nice. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for me.”

Hayes was at practice, and will be at the Steelers-Bengals game on Sunday, as the guest of the Steelers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hayes, 17 from Boiling Springs, Pa., battled Ewing’s sarcoma and now that he is stronger his wish was to meet some of his favorite players.

“It’s very special to all of us.” said his father, Tom Hayes. “Colin’s diagnosis and treatment was difficult for him. It’s a nice way to honor him and fulfill his wishes. Last year at this time we were undergoing treatments and there was so much uncertainly for what the future would hold. This is the best Christmas gift ever being here for him.”

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