Imagine walking onto the field of your favorite football team, seeing the 50-yard line and the end zone from the perspective of the team and standing near the same spot where your favorite player made that game-changing catch. For Seth, this was a dream that turned into reality.
Seth has dense deposit disease, an illness that primarily affects kidney function. Because of his condition, he can no longer play high school football; his favorite sport. His wish to meet his favorite team, the St. Louis Rams, was the perfect distraction from the start of the school football season.
The weekend began with a visit to the Rams Training Center in St. Louis, Missouri, where Seth, his mom Karen, dad Anthony and sister Meridythe were invited to attend what they thought would be a special team practice.
What it turned into was much more.
“It was absolutely amazing,” Karen said about Seth’s wish, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Seth this happy!”
Before a tour of the facility, Seth met up with his favorite player, Rams running back Steven Jackson! Jackson even introduced Seth to his family. Seth was invited into the locker room where the team surprised him with his very own locker next to Jackson’s! Inside the locker was a jersey with Seth’s name on it and his high school football number.
“He was such a good guy, I actually hooked him up with some game cleats to match his jersey,” said Steven Jackson, after letting Seth pick out a pair of his shoes and autographing them.
During practice, Rams Coach Jeff Fisher asked Seth to break the huddle on the field, and he got a visit from retired Rams wide receiver Torry Holt.
“The fact that he gets to experience this is pretty important…” said Anthony, Seth’s Dad, “it’s amazing to see these players and experience this with my son; it’s been an unbelievable day.”
At lunch, Jackson invited Seth to watch the home opener game from his personal suite the next day and the Rams won!
The night after the game, Seth and his family were invited to attend the Make-A-Wish® Missouri Chapter’s Celebrity Server Dinner hosted by the Rams.
“It means so much. [Make-A-Wish] has made my wish come true... my dream. It’s an inspiration to all and I can’t thank them enough.”
At the dinner, the team played a special video of Seth’s wish that they made during practice. Many of the Rams players approached Seth to tell him that they believe they won the game because of him, and the team, including Coach Fisher, signed his jersey!
“He’s been knighted!” Jackson said, “He’s a St. Louis Ram now!”