Making a wish come true

Posted Sep 18, 2015

It was a magical day for a Make-A-Wish recipient at Steelers practice.

As Steelers practice ended on Friday afternoon you could see the smile on Able Saldana’s face start to get bigger and bigger. Because he knew what was about to happen. He was getting ready to meet his two favorite Steelers, Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger.

What he didn’t know, though, was it wasn’t limited to just two players. As they walked off the field the players came over to Saldana in droves, shaking hands with the 17-year old, posing for pictures and signing his football and helmet.

“It is very special,” said his mother Sukie Saldana. “This is one of his dreams, to come to a Steelers game and meet the Steelers. He has been asking to go see the Steelers for a while now. If we would have just brought him to a game he wouldn’t have been able to do all of this. This is so special.”

Saldana, who has Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, made the trip from New Mexico to watch the team practice and see the Steelers play the 49ers at Heinz Field on Sunday thanks to the efforts of the team and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We try to do everything he likes because we don’t want to ever regret not if something were to happen to him,” added his mother. “It’s great to share this with him and see how happy he is.”