NFL star LeSean McCoy and Make-a-Wish Foundation fulfill Ephrata girl’s dream

By on December 17, 2015

A former Philadelphia Eagles running back has made a dream come true for an ailing Ephrata girl.

Buffalo Bills star LeSean “Shady” McCoy met with 15-year-old Kaitlin Wells, a ninth-grade Ephrata High School student, before the Bills played — and lost to — the Eagles on Sunday.

The meeting was arranged through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“She’s a very big Eagles fan. And she was a big LeSean McCoy fan when he played with the Eagles,” Kaitlyn’s mother, Sheila Hagy, said Monday afternoon.

“So that was her wish. She wanted to meet him,” Hagy says.

OK, she admits, her daughter wasn’t thrilled when McCoy — who led the NFL in rushing yards in 2013 — was traded to the Bills earlier this year.

“She is not happy that he’s not still playing for the Eagles, but she still wanted to meet him,” Hagy says.

And, she adds, “he could not have been any nicer. He was a great guy.”

McCoy signed her jersey and other team paraphernalia, she says. Later, during the game, McCoy’s aunt dropped by their seats with a gift bag from the running back’s Shades of Greatness foundation.

“It was incredible,” Hagy says.

Her daughter — who, she says, is too shy to talk with a reporter directly — did OK with McCoy.

“She talked to him. She’s normally very shy, but she sat there and talked with him for a while,” Hagy says. “She told him about all her collection of McCoy stuff… They talked for maybe 10, 15 minutes.”

She’s still flying high from the experience.

“She has been on her iPad watching that video (of her meeting McCoy, see below) over and over again,” she says.

As if meeting McCoy wasn’t enough, Hagy says the family got to enter the stadium through the press entrance. They were on the field before the game. They were given great seats, she says, and they were invited down to the Eagles’ locker room after the game.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz gave Kaitlyn his practice ball, which he signed, Hagy says. Nearly all of the Eagles signed a helmet for her, too.

“It’s completely filled with signatures,” she says. “I don’t think you could fit another one on there.”

Kaitlyn, Hagy says, got into football several years ago. She shares her love of the Eagles with her stepdad, Tim Hagy.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation put the weekend package together for Kaitlyn, Hagy adds.

“They were wonderful,” she says. “We were in Philly from Thursday to today. It couldn’t have been any better.”

The plan started to come together in June, she says, “but we didn’t know until Friday that she was going to meet McCoy.”

When she got the news, Hagy says, “Kaitlyn was ecstatic. She was laughing for about 10 minutes straight. I have never seen her so happy.”

As an Eagles fan and a McCoy fan, Kaitlyn was in a tough spot Sunday, her mother says with a chuckle.

“She wanted McCoy to win, but she also wanted the Eagles to win,” she explains. “Either way, it was a win-win for her.”

Kaitlyn has several health problems that have put her in a wheelchair, her mother says — including epilepsy and cerebral palsy. She also suffered a stroke in utero, she says.

“But she’s doing great,” Hagy says.

On Sunday, she adds, “I was tearing up. It’s incredible to see your child’s biggest wish come true. That’s the happiest I’ve ever seen her.”

 

 

 

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