W15H Makes Dream Come True for a Young Sports EnthusiastSeptember 28th, 2012
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Just two days after her twenty-second birthday, Kelly Collins’ dream will come true as she meets Jets quarterback Tim Tebow at this weekend’s New York Jets game against the San Francisco 49ers.
At birth, Kelly was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), an illness that sadly took the life of her older brother. Nonetheless, the challenges associated with CF have not stopped Kelly from being a passionate basketball and football enthusiast. She has participated in every athletic program possible during school. In 2010, Kelly received the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Michael Breenan Courage Award for her bravery and winning attitude. Kelly’s goal is to become a health and physical education teacher and coach a girls’ high school basketball team.
An avid football fan, Kelly has followed Tim Tebow’s career since his time at the University of Florida. She supports Tebow because of his morals, values and inspiration. Describing her upcoming W15H experience, Kelly said, “To quote Tim ‘I’m excited!’ … It is an incredible opportunity to meet such an inspiring role model. I’ve admired him for years.”
Through the Tim Tebow Foundation’s W15H (Wish 15) program, in partnership with Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, Kelly will enjoy an unforgettable weekend, including spending time with Tebow during Sunday’s pre-game warm-ups and immediately following the game.
She will return to West Palm Beach, Florida with a W15H gift package that includes exclusive W15H luggage, a Nike duffle bag, gift cards for both Nike and Jockey, Tim Tebow’s book, Through My Eyes, a Florida Gators 2008 National Championship book, a personalized Bible and much more.
For Kelly, this will be the opportunity to realize a dream, to grow in faith, to strive to reach her goals in the future, and to put her illness behind her.