Kid's dream comes true at Firebirds game

Published: Mar. 28, 2016 at 1:56 AM EDT
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Michael and the team honoring the national anthem (Source: WALB)
Michael and the team honoring the national anthem (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - For many fans, the most memorable moments in his or her sports watching career come as a child. And one very special child had his moment in the Albany Civic Center Saturday night.

You may remember the story we did back on Christmas about Michael Stephens, the Albany kid who is living with a couple terminal diseases and just can't get enough football.

At the Firebirds game, he got his dream of suiting up for a football game.

The opposing Atlanta Vultures have visited Michael and family on a few of the many weekends Michael has spent in Atlanta for surgeries.

His illnesses may prevent him from playing in competitive sports, but by the game face he wore last night it's really hard to tell.

"It was amazing," said Katoya Stephens, Michael's mother. "We are so glad he got this opportunity. It's real to him, and It doesn't get any realer than this. But we are still Firebirds fans. We are from Albany but we also love the Vultures. They've spent a lot of time with Michael."

The Stephens family wanted to stress they appreciate the love from the Vultures, but are still rooting for the home squad. Fortunately for Michael, he was on the winning side for the night as the Vultures defeated the Firebirds 40-38.

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