A Bishop’s Falls man has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Toronto, in which he got to meet his sports heroes.
Listen to Dave and Mary Roberts speak with VOCM’s Dean Clarke below:
Mick Roberts, who has Muscular Dystrophy, has been a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan since he was 14 years old. The condition robbed him of his speech, and left him requiring 24-hour care. He breathes with a ventilator, and requires a feeding tube.
Roberts’ mom, Mary, says seeing the Leafs play is what keeps him going. On October 6, he had the chance to travel to Toronto to see the Leafs play the Ottawa Senators. Not only that, but he met each and every player.
His dad, Dave, says the trip was possible through Leafs Nation, and a contact his wife Mary had made there, to try to arrange a trip.
He says Mick was unable to fly because of a hole in his lung, so they had to come up with other options. Roberts says it all got started through a GoFundMe campaign to drive Mick up to Toronto.
Dave says they drove about eight hours a day, and would stop at hotels along the way to spend the night, but it was well worth it.
He says he met every Leaf and had six separate jerseys signed by the team members, who all came over to say hello.