Leave it to former Florida Gator Quarterback Tim Tebow to make a teenage girl’s wish come true. Haley Burke was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome at 15; it’s a connective tissue disorder that is inherited. Her dream in life is to meet Tim Tebow, who became famous playing football at the University of Florida before heading to the NFL. Burke, once diagnosed, began communicating with the Tim Tebow Foundation in hopes of figuring out a way to meet her idol, and he made her wish come true.
Tebow’s foundation flew Burke and her family to Arizona where they were treated like royalty for four days. During their time in Scottsdale, the family was given an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon, a day at the spa and Burke was the girl who threw out the first pitch at a Diamondbacks game. When she and her family returned to the hotel each night, they were escorted to the Presidential suite at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.
Tebow invited Burke to visit him during a training session, in which she got to meet him and talk to him. She thought that would be all he had time for during her visit, but he took the time to surprise her for dinner that night. He sat down with the family and enjoyed the entire meal with them. Her entire trip was part of the W15H program (15 being his jersey number).
“The W15H program allows me to keep a great perspective on life. I always begin the wish hoping to have a positive impact on these children, but every time, I’m the one who has been impacted the most,” he said of the foundation. He goes on to speak of the Burke family. “They’re amazing. The entire time I was with them, I was so inspired by their strength and courage in facing every day and every struggle with a positive attitude.”
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