High school football water boy with Down Syndrome scores TD for mother with cancer

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NOVI, Mich. — A Michigan student is a beloved member of his high school football team, even though he rarely gets the chance to suit up.

Robby Heil, who has Down Syndrome, usually serves as the water boy for the Novi High School team, WJBK reports.

But the team had something special for him during this weekend’s game after they learned his mother has advanced cancer.

She was on the sideline like always, taking pictures when the coach put Robby in the game, and then he had his big moment. He rushed 20 yards over the goal line to score his first ever touchdown. Robby’s mom Debbie Heil had no idea, and broke down into tears.

“No matter how bad a day he’s having, it’s a smile from ear to ear and the opportunity to put that helmet on tonight, it brought tears to my eyes tonight and tears all over the place,” team head coach Jeff Burnside told WDIV.

The opposing team was in on it too and even had a special jersey made up for him.

Debbie Heil says she was overwhelmed with joy.

“This team has been instrumental in helping me get him to practice while I’m at chemo. It takes a village to raise my son and this village has really been outstanding,” Heil told WDIV.

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