Boy's Steeler Dream Coming True

Thursday, November 6th 2008, 5:44 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation is on track to grant more than 140 wishes this year in Oklahoma.  The latest one is a trip to Pittsburgh for an Owasso 12 year old, who wants to see a Steelers football game.

Some Owasso 6th grade football players were on the lookout on Thursday for a big limo.  The limo's bringing Keyton Rehl and his family to the airport for his Make-A-Wish trip to Pittsburgh.

"He works hard, never says a word, has to take breaks on occasion, but he's the hardest working kid on the team," said Brent Goins.

Keyton has Cystic Fibrosis, despite that, he plays linebacker on his team.  Keyton didn't know his team was going to be at the airport to surprise him.

Keyton's parents are excited about the trip and very happy with the send off.

"I'm so thrilled because they are our football family.  Just to have those boys around him, it's amazing.  He loves those boys and they love him," said Keyton's mom, Diana Rehl.

Keyton will fly to Pittsburgh on a Lear Jet.  The businessman who donated the flight told The News On 6, "what's the point in having a plane like this if you can't share it?"

The family will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday and his Owasso teammates have a few special requests.  They want to make sure that Keyton says hi to Big Ben, Willie Parker and Limas Sweed.

Keyton says he taking plenty of stuff to get signed. 

For a young football fan, whose favorite team has always been the Steelers, it is a dream trip.  A wish come true.

Keyton and his family will attend the Steelers - Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday and return to Tulsa on Monday.