Mario & Tunch Ilkin
Mario, age 11, who found joy in watching sporting events throughout treatment, was very excited to meet Ilkin! One of Mario's families' favorite moments occurred when they were able to visit the Steeler's field. When they got through to the field, Mario saw Tunch, and immediately just started running straight towards him. They were all on the field together for about an hour, and then Tunch went up to the press box. Tunch called the family and told them to look up.Tunch was in the press box waving to all of them. Mario's mom said that it meant so much to know that even though he had to leave, he was still there at the game with all of us .
Tunch Ilkin knows dedication as he played offensive tackle for 12 years in the 'Burgh. He was even selected to the Pro Bowl twice in his career! Today, Ilkin is still on the radio for every Steeler's game, is a minister at his church, and spends lots of time with his family! We are excited to have someone who has demonstrated such strength and dedication in our CCChampions family!
"I'm really so amazed and feel so grateful for these friendships. It is just incredible to me that you two are so dedicated to my son. Wow!!"
-Jenn, Mario's Mom