When Joey Murray first arrived at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Wednesday, he thought he was in store for a pretty cool time. He had no idea how cool it really was going to be though.
Murray, who is from Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, was the guest of the team through the Make-A-Wish Foundation at practice. Murray has successfully battled leukemia, and his wish was to come to a game and meet some Steelers players.
After a tour of the facility, Murray’s wish came true. He met players and coaches, posed for pictures with them, got autographs, and even got gloves from several players. And all the while he had a smile from ear to ear.
“It’s awesome,” he said as he practically floated down the hallway after practice.
“We’re a huge football family. It’s a big thing in our house,” said his father, Scott Murray. “We have our faith and our football. When he had the opportunity to have a wish he wanted to see his favorite team. When it was granted he was out of his mind. He found out a month ago and hasn’t stopped talking about it since.”
Murray has successful beat the disease, so the visit this week is one filled with a lot of joy.
“For our family it’s a reset moment,” said Scott Murray. “We are five years past his diagnosis. We are celebrating that he came through it. We are so fortunate to be on a Make-A-Wish trip as a celebration.”
Murray will also be at the Steelers game against the Panthers on Thursday night at Heinz Field.
The Steelers grant the wish of a young Steelers fan from Ingersoll, Ontario.