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Fletcher boy meets his hero - Patriots QB Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is as meticulous in his preparation as any other player in the game; however, the megastar took a moment during the first week of mini-camp to meet with nine special visitors. They delegation was comprised of Make-A-Wish recipients, including 9-year old Colson Ross, from Fletcher. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The preseason is a time for NFL players to turn their focus back to football, to prepare for the upcoming season.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is as meticulous in his preparation as any other player in the game; however, the megastar took a moment during the first week of mini-camp to meet with nine special visitors. They delegation was comprised of Make-A-Wish recipients, including 9-year old Colson Ross, from Fletcher.

“It was very fun,” the normally energetic Colson said of his visit to Boston. “I wanted to see what his [Brady’s] favorite play was.”

It’s a parent’s dream to see the look on their child’s face when they meet their hero for the first time. For Colson’s mother, Vicki Ross, it was a dream achieved in a way she hoped would never happen.

“It’s definitely not something you want to check off on your bucket list,” she grimaced.

Her son had shown all the signs of being a healthy baby up until the three-month mark. After what she first perceived to be a cold persisted, Ross took her son to the emergency room.

“I saw some things that were really unsettling,” remembered Ross. “A rash and his tongue was really red and his eyes were bloodshot.”

After a week of tests, the diagnosis came back as Kawasaki disease. According to the Vasculitis Foundation, Kawasaki disease, “… can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the coronary arteries, which can lead to aneurysms.”

Because of these dangers, Colson cannot play any contact sports and must be monitored for heart attacks.

“It is very difficult, and there are times when I'm like, ‘No you can't do it,’ and it's just pitiful,” Ross said as she teared up.

While he’s been told what he can’t do for his entire life, on his visit to Patriots camp Colson got to do more than many kids dream. His name was displayed on the Jumbotron, he got a tour of the Patriots locker room, a meet and greet photo opportunity with the quarterback and the chance to see the team’s Lombardi Trophy collection.

“I still don't think it's real,” laughed Ross. “I woke up this morning like, ‘Whoa, we just got back from Bosto, and met Tom Brady.' That's crazy.”

Colson, who was teeming with energy the night the family returned from the trip, was exhausted the next day. His mother, however, was still glowing with all the excitement and possibilities the trip showed her son.

“My prayer is just that he'll do anything,” she answered when asked about the future. “I mean, God can do miracles. There's already one [that’s] happened.”

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