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Boise State "hires" new assistant coach

What a great thing to do.  A 12 year old Texas boy battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma will be on the Broncos sideline for the Hawaii game.  Nicely done!  via :

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen and the Broncos granted the wish of 12-year-old Stephen Kinsey of San Antonio, Texas, who is battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

His request: To be a coach for a day with Petersen.

Kinsey, who has been a Boise State fan since he spotted the blue turf on TV in the early 2000s, never has attended a Broncos game or even stepped inside Bronco Stadium.

He’ll spend part of Friday with the Broncos and watch Saturday’s game — a critical contest for Boise State — from the sideline with his dad, Bryan. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho arranged the details.

“I just like the team a lot. I like the colors. I like the players,” Stephen said Monday night. “I’ve been to a couple college games, but never in Boise, so I’m kind of excited.”

Said Petersen: “Hopefully he’ll enjoy the game. And being around our guys and just being with us, hopefully he just really enjoys that.”

The details of Stephen’s experience are secret. Boise State wants to surprise the seventh-grader.

But Petersen, whose son Sam received a wish while he was being treated for a brain tumor, seems eager to give Stephen a weekend to remember.

Petersen’s wife, Barbara, is a Make-A-Wish volunteer. She has been involved in planning Stephen’s wish.

In fact, the Petersens’ support was a key reason why Make-A-Wish was able to plan Stephen’s trip with less than three weeks’ notice. He arrives Thursday and leaves Monday.

“(Barbara) and Chris were absolutely floored and honored and so gracious,” said Nancy Berry, program services director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho.

story | by Dr. Radut