Wish fulfillment: Coach Pete for a day!

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Stephen Kinsey


by Mark Johnson

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Posted on November 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 11:31 AM

BOISE -- Twelve-year-old Stephen Kinsey is battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at his home in San Antonio, Texas.

A couple of weeks ago he asked a Texas Make-A-Wish chapter if it would be possible to grant a wish to be a coach for the day on the sidelines of his favorite team -- the Boise State Broncos.

Make-A-Wish Idaho got a phone call and three weeks later Stephen and his family walked through the Boise Airport gate to a welcoming party that can only happen in a 12-year-old's dream!

Stephen, along with his little brother and sister and mom and dad have had a tough couple of years.

A cancer diagnosis, followed by chemotherapy and all of the things that go along with it.  And then last week their home was robbed.

But for the next three days this world has come to Stephen who will be treated to limo rides to hotels and restaurants, and a tailgate party hosted by Barbara Petersen.

The coach's wife knows a thing or two about Make-A-Wish after being granted a wish years ago when her son Sam was battling childhood cancer and they all spent a day at LEGOLAND in Southern California.

Stephen's wish has been peppered with surprises that won't happen until game day, but he knows the highlight will be putting on the official coaching garb and spending the day on the sidelines of a team he first fell in love with nine years ago.

"It's awesome!," exclaimed Stephen.  "I like the team a lot.  Like the colors since I was 3!"

This is a family that could use a dream weekend, and with the help of the Petersens, this first-of-a-kind wish was put together in a hurry.

"It might help me get my spirit back cause with chemo and everything I hope I can have a fun time," said Stephen.

On Friday, Stephen and his family will see the blue turf for the first time when they meet coach Petersen in the morning.

One of the secrets we let you in on is a live television appearance our Bronco Nation pregame show Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  And we will find out how Stephen's dream weekend is going.