Another Dream Comes True on Owen Field

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 14, 2014
   Eiler Buck and his mother, Mary Beth

NORMAN, Okla. -- Head coach Bob Stoops and the University of Oklahoma football team was able to make a dream come true for a passionate young fan during spring football practice.

Eiler Buck was on Owen Field with his family on March 13 to watch his favorite college football team, the Oklahoma Sooners partake in their fourth practice of the spring.

The 16-year-old from Flower Mound, Texas was born with condition known as Polymicrogyria. The condition is characterized by an abnormal development of the brain, which has left Eiler's tongue paralyzed, resulting in him not being able to speak. Symptoms of the disease also include overall muscle weakness, as well as recurrent seizures, both of which Eiler deals with frequently.

Along with Eiler at Thursday's practice were his father, Alex, his mother, Mary Beth, his grandfather, and his nurse, Sarah. While attending practice on the sidelines of Owen Field, Eiler also met Coach Stoops and some of the players afterwards. He was also given some souvenirs that he will take back home to Flower Mound with him

"This was a dream come true for Eiler,” beamed Mary Beth. “Saturdays are always spent around the TV as he makes sure to never miss his Sooners play. To be on the field and to have the players and coaches say ‘hi’ to him, the smile on his face is electric.

"The beauty of Eiler is that is how people open their hearts to him and we're able to witness that,” added Alex. “There's so much good and love in this world. To watch him be on the receiving end of that is so humbling it's hard to put into words. We thank the entire OU nation for making this happen.”

Thursday was certainly a day that Eiler Buck won't soon forget.

Boomer Sooner!



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