11-year-old Eric was a little shy when he stood in front of some 2,000 students and staff members packed into the Smoky Hill High School gym on Jan. 27. But he had an important message to deliver.
“Thank you,” he said simply.
Eric wanted to express his gratitude to the Smoky Hill High School community for raising $36,000 for Make-A-Wish of Colorado during the school’s 2017 Wish Week. The money has granted or will grant wishes for several children who are fighting life-threatening illnesses. That includes Eric, who is battling brain cancer for the third time.
Eric’s wish came true in a big way last fall, when he got to meet his hero, Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP. He also got to have dinner with Miller at Elway’s. When the students asked him what he had for dinner, Eric kept his answer short and sweet. “Steak,” he said with a smile.
Thanks to the SHHS community, Make-A-Wish of Colorado and the Denver Broncos, Eric also got to tour the Bronco’s practice facility where he met several other players as well as general manager, John Elway, and former coach, Gary Kubiak. Eric and his family were special guests at Invesco Field at Mile High, during the Broncos game against the Atlanta Falcons. They got to be on the field for pregame and enjoyed the action from box seats.
Granting wishes for children like Eric has become a tradition at Smoky Hill. In the past seven years, the school has raised more than $160,000 for Make-A-Wish of Colorado.