By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football program and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho have come together again for a “coach for a day” wish.
An 8-year-old boy from Forest Park, Ga., will be on the sideline for the Nov. 26 game against Wyoming at Bronco Stadium with his dad and older brother. The family — including the boy’s mom and older sister — also will be visiting relatives in Idaho for Thanksgiving.
The details of the wish are a surprise, but it will generally be modeled after the wish of Stephen Kinsey, the Texas boy whose wish was granted last year.
Stephen’s wish was a huge hit in the community. His family returned to Boise earlier this month for the Serving Up Wishes fund-raiser.
This year’s wish recipient, whose name is Brandon, has Burkitt’s lymphoma. He watches all of the Broncos’ games.
“I’m amazed at the really fabulous support that the Treasure Valley community and the whole entire state of Idaho provides to our wish kids,” said Nancy Berry, the vice president of program services for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho.
The Idaho chapter coordinated 95 wishes last year. It has a close relationship with Boise State athletics. Last week, at the annual Serving Up Wishes dinner, Boise State coaches and athletes helped raise $230,000 for the organization.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen and his wife, Barbara, are former wish parents and major supporters of the Idaho chapter.
“We are so fortunate and I love being able to work directly with them,” Berry said.
I didn't get ahold of the family until late Monday evening. Details on them will be in Tuesday's paper and online. Another kid with a great story to tell. I'll have more on Brandon, who goes by "Binky," when he arrives for his wish.