W15H Makes a Dream Come True For a Young AthleteNovember 17th, 2011
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At tonight’s Denver Broncos game, there will be more taking place than football. For 14-year-old Matthew Taylor, it will be the chance to reconnect with a person who has given him the passion and determination to fight cerebral palsy.
Through the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Wish 15 (W15H) program, in partnership with Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, Taylor will be reunited with Tim Tebow. Earlier this year Tebow surprised Taylor and a few other special dreamers at Dreams Come True. From his visit, Tebow personally invited Taylor to a future Denver Broncos game.
The dream of stepping onto a professional football field will come true when Taylor stands alongside Tebow at Sports Authority Field at Mile High during pre-game warm-ups.
It has been a very challenging journey for Taylor and his family. Before his first birthday, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It was believed that he would never walk without assistance, but just before his second birthday Taylor took his first steps. Today he runs cross-country for Baldwin Middle School in Northeast Florida.
Taylor has battled through many surgeries, including having a pump implant and derotation surgery on his leg. Through it all, he continues to focus on his ability to be an athlete. From the fears of not walking to his amazing strides as an inspirationally athlete, it has been a long and challenging journey.
W15H was created to give an unforgettable wish experience for all children battling life- threatening illnesses who wish to meet Tebow. Taylors’ experience will include days of exclusive activities and gifts, such as: exclusive W15H travel luggage; Tebow’s book, Through My Eyes, and a #15 jersey; Nike duffle bag; Jockey gift card and so much more.