It was a special afternoon for Reagan Schellhase when she was the guest of the Steelers at practice at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
Schellhase, a sweet 13-year old from Kaysville, Utah, attended practice through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and will also be at Sunday’s game against the Falcons at Heinz Field. While she was shy and quiet, there was no doubt this was an experience of a lifetime for her.
“When she declared her wish in February, we found out it wouldn’t happen until 2019 and she was devastated,” said her mother, Angela Schellhase. “When we got the notice a couple of weeks ago a spot opened up, it was meant to be. She was so excited.”
Schellhase, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, had the opportunity to meet the players, get autographs and take pictures, as well as meet her favorite, Coach Mike Tomlin.
With all she has been through, this was a trip that meant the world to the family.
“I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” said her mother. “I am so grateful she is in a place where she is healthy. She is still taking chemotherapy. She is still getting infusions. She still does all of that. But she feels good. She is healthy. She is back in school for the first time in 18 months.
“This is like a cherry on top of things, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and finally having some joy. We are so grateful for this. We can’t even describe it.”
The Steelers grant the wish of a young fan from Kaysville, UT.