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brakos82
05-31-2008, 04:38 PM
Seconds after 14-year-old Akeem Havens said he hoped to meet Ben Roethlisberger, the Pro Bowl quarterback walked into the media room at the Steelers' South Side facility on Thursday.

With a black playbook in his hand and a perturbed look on his face, Roethlisberger said to his newest teammate, "Hey, what's going on here? We don't have time for this. We have practice. Are you ready to practice?"
"Let's go," Havens said with a smile.

This was part of ESPN's "My Wish" Series. The Steeles and the Make-A-Wish Foundation partnered together to bring Havens a day with the Steelers that included lunch with the team, video games with Roethlisberger and a touchdown Havens would never forget.

"The smile on (Havens') face is so amazing," Roethlisberger said.

"To think his one wish is to come hang out with us is touching, because so many days we don't want to be here, and he wants to be here. It puts things in perspective. It's just awesome to be able to help him out."

Havens has been a quadriplegic since the age of seven. It resulted from a car accident. Havens is also fighting kidney failure.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_570122.html)