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Making a wish come true

Posted Nov 10, 2017

A special day for a special 10-year old.

Cohen Beckman, a 10-year old from Monaca, Pa., was shyly watching the Steelers practice on Friday, but there was definitely a smile on his face.

And when practice ended, even though he was slightly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from Steelers players towering over him, the smile got bigger.

Beckmam was the guest of the Steelers through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a way to help the young boy who has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

He has had four open heart surgeries, and might require a heart transplant, but his spirit is great.

“I am so excited for him,” said his mother, Melissa Beckman. “He is so excited. He is nervous, he usually isn’t, but he is today.”

Beckman went to a home game earlier in the season, but today was a day for him to be up close and personal with the players, getting pictures and plenty of autographs.

“We wanted him to be old enough to decide what he really wanted to do,” said his mom. “He decided on this. He loves sports, he loves football.

“This is great for him. He is doing good. Right now he is doing well.”