FOXBORO, Mass. - Six kids got the meet-and-greet of a lifetime with New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.
"I was so nervous. I didn't get one hour of sleep,” said Kalvin Tragethon.
For 11-year-old Kalvin of Boxford and Christopher Furtado, 15 of Cohasset, meeting Brady it was a long time coming.
Kalvin was born with a heart defect that continues to impact his health.
At age 13, Christopher was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He's now in remission, but treatments continue.
Through their ups and downs, they say one thing inspired them to push through.
"When I was going through all that, I could just take a break and watch the Patriots, from all of it. I'll never forget when they won the Super Bowl with the Malcom Butler interception on my birthday,” said Christopher.
“I feel you've (Brady) had to overcome a lot of adversity but never give up. You stuck with football and became one of the greatest players of all time,” said Kalvin. “I also have had to overcome a lot of struggles with my health and also being bullied at school."
Their families contacted Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island and said it was their dream to meet TB12, Tom Brady, who had inspired them for so long.
“Tom Brady. Has to be Tom Brady," said Chris.
That day was Tuesday.
The boys geared up and took to Gillette Stadium for an unforgettable game with their favorite Patriots player.
“I actually said his name backwards. I said Brady Tom...instead of Tom Brady…I couldn't believe it. I was thinking, are you kidding me I’ve been waiting two years and I mess up his name,” said Kalvin.
Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island along with the Patriots treated both families to a day at Gillette with their hero.
“Tom shook everybody's hand, was like where are you from, and like how are you, watch the game last week. We were all just looking at each other like, no way,” said Christopher.
“He was really chill,” said Kalvin.
Throughout the day, the group got to walk in the shoes of their favorite player, getting personalized jerseys, taking photos with a Super Bowl ring, and answering questions from the media podium.
The day also included a surprise visit with Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman.
“It felt really good to like definitely walk out there know that all those people really cared about how your day went....so, it was amazing,” said Christopher.
For more information on wishes for children living with similar medical conditions, visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s website.
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