His smile, it was precious.
His energy, it was contagious.
And his heart, was warm and full.
A day after everyone gathered for Thanksgiving, an opportunity to give thanks for all our blessings, Noah Hall and his family were giving thanks for his dream coming true.
Hall, a six-year old from China Grove, North Carolina, was the guest of the Steelers and Dream On 3 Foundation on Friday, watching practice, meeting players and having the time of his life.
“It means a lot to him,” said Stephanie Hall, his mother. “I have no words. My heart is so happy for him to be able to experience this. It’s absolutely amazing.
“We kept it a secret from him until we got on the plane. The limo picked him up this morning and we told him we were going to Pittsburgh. He had the biggest smile on his face.”
The Steelers grant the wish of a young fan from North Carolina
Hall has Robinow syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which is characterized by short limbed dwarfism. But he doesn’t let it get in his way or deter him, attacking everything with enthusiasm. The same enthusiasm he had while watching practice at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
“My sports dream is to visit Heinz Field and meet the Pittsburgh Steelers,” wrote Hall when his dream was submitted, becoming a Steelers fan thanks to his father.
With the first step completed, Hall and his family will attend Sunday’s Steelers-Browns game at Heinz Field, completing the dream.
Earlier this year Hall learned that he was coming to Pittsburgh in a special manner, when Steelers rookie Derwin Grey visited him and delivered the exciting news.
“It was special to me. I got to go down to North Carolina and spend time with him and his family,” said Grey. “I got to know him a little bit. It was great to put a smile on his face, support him and get to know him a little bit.
“The thing that was most surprising to me, a little kid dealing with the things he is, to be so upbeat and excited about things and to be out there, he had a touchdown celebration. I was excited to see how much energy he brought and how much he brought today.”