The Miami Heat played the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday. Thirteen year-old Tess Mountain of St. Paul got to watch warm ups and meet her hero after the game.
As a Special Olympian, Tess plays basketball. Sitting court side she held tight the book written by Wade, "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball."
Surrounded by family and media, Tess watched the swirl of activity with rapt attention. St. Paul Pioneer Press sports writer Ray Richardson and CBS affiliate WCCO reporter Reg Chapman were among those covering the story.
Reg met Tess while on assignment. “She gave me her snow tube so I could sled down a hill…I screamed all the way down.”
Smiling at Tess, he noted they have been friends ever since.
Tess who has a rare genetic disorder, Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome, has been a fan of Dwyane Wade for quite some time. She received tickets to Monday’s game as a Christmas gift from her family.
Sisters Elizabeth, a senior at Marquette, Wade’s alma mater, and Bridget, organized a Facebook fan page, garnering 1,000 likes in less than 24 hours, helping to make her dream to meet Wade a reality.