PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – A little girl from Parker with a debilitating disorder got a birthday surprise of a lifetime. She flew to California for a fabulous weekend and her date was Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Presli Collins’ mother says it was divine intervention. It was actually set up by Wish 15 and the Tim Tebow Foundation. The third-grader is turning 10 years old on Tuesday. Her early birthday present was to be a princess for a day with a true Prince Charming.
Presli is a typical kid. She loves to be carried around, but this weekend she was shocked to be carried away and whisked off to Los Angeles for a big awards show.
“He was like a million times nicer than you’d think. He took me to a lot of places,” Presli told CBS4’s Kathy Walsh.
They walked the green carpet hand in hand and posed with stars of the screen and sports. They attended the Cartoon Network Hall of Game awards and dodged the paparazzi.
“They were screaming at the top of their lungs,” Presli said about the paparazzi.
“It was just a magical weekend,” Presli’s mother Lisa Collins said.
A friend had asked for a Tebow autograph for Presli last fall when she was undergoing a spinal fusion. She was born with neurofibromatosis — NF1 — a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow in the nervous system. She’s had surgeries on her brain and back.
Presli has learning disabilities and is small for her age, but after a call from the Tebow Foundation, she was a big shot on Saturday.
“He really made her feel like the whole weekend was about her,” her mother said.
Presli admits she never knew much about the NFL.
“I don’t really watch football that much,” she said.
She’s a Broncos and Tebow fan now.
Presli said she shot Nerf guns with Tebow and he stopped her in the middle of dinner to enjoy desert from a chocolate fountain. The NFL superstar made it all about Presli. It was an experience she will never forget. Her mother said she still wants a sleepover party for her birthday.