Durham boy with cancer meets football idol

Posted March 11, 2012
Updated March 12, 2012

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— For a 4-year-old Durham boy who is fighting cancer, one dream has come true: throwing passes with football star Tim Tebow.

Preston Winslow has acute myeloid leukemia and might only have months to live. He was born in Florida and is a huge fan of the University of Florida Gators. 

The Denver Broncos quarterback learned that the boy was a huge fan of him and reached out to the family, talking on the phone with Preston several times.

On Saturday, Preston got to meet Tebow in person at the D1 training facility in Tampa, Fla., that he co-owns. Preston even got to throw and catch passes with the football great.

It's not the first time people have reached out to make Preston's dreams come true.

He has been to Disney World, and volunteers at the new Hope Valley Railway in Wake County finished maintenance early so that the boy could sit in the engineer's seat of the 1941 steam locomotive as it rolled down the tracks.

"We are in disbelief that this is all happening for our son and what people are doing for him," Preston's mother, Celeste Winslow, said.


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  • cmama Mar 13, 2012

    Great story and very inspiring! Prayers Preston and his family.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Mar 12, 2012

    What a wonderful story!! I don't watch football and don't even know what team Tebow plays on, but I do know this: He is an amazing person who has a good heart. And I don't think he does it for publicity. He does it because that's the kind of person he is. I wish there were more down to earth people like TT.


  • puzzled Mar 12, 2012

    I thank God for men like Tim Tebow. Now this is how people in the lime light can be real heros. Live a life that young people can look up to and strive to be like. There are to many bad examples around. Thanks, Tim. You are my hero, too! And guess what I don't even like football, but I know about Tim. God bless you, man!

  • egarrison2 Mar 12, 2012

    My 20 mo old was just diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) my heart goes out to this family and their beautiful little boy. I am from Colorado so I am so excited that Tim decided to help..what a Christian! God bless them!

  • not my real name Mar 12, 2012

    There's a lot of really good karma going around here, and a lot of blessings!

  • mmjo65 Mar 12, 2012

    What an awesome gesture by Tim Tebow. Keep up the good work and good will Tim. You are truly inspiring! Prayers to this little boy and his family.

  • awood2 Mar 12, 2012

    glad that his wishes are coming true. Such a sad thing that is happening to him at such a young age. To the family: never give up hope. Miracles happen everyday!

  • Angel67 Mar 12, 2012

    Tebow is one in a million. awesome job...

  • LetsGetHigh Mar 12, 2012

    my heart goes out to this young boy, thank tebow for takin the time to make this boy's wish come true, class act. I don't like you but nice gesture

  • Tarheel born Mar 12, 2012

    Well done Tim Tebow. You are certainly a man of your Faith. God Bless little Preston. May he be blessed with the miracle of healing.