Durham boy with cancer meets football idol

Posted March 11, 2012 12:20 p.m. EDT
Updated March 12, 2012 6:01 a.m. EDT

— 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.