Sick teen becomes honorary Heat announcer
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Miami Heat's broadcast team had an extra member in tonight's game as a South Florida teen with a terminal illness fulfilled his dream.
On Wednesday night, 15-year-old Tyler Gutzmer became the fourth member of the Heat's broadcast crew. Gutzmer sat court-side with announcers Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino as the Heat take on the Toronto Raptors.
Like many kids his age, Tyler has a favorite sports team. His happens to be the Miami Heat. "If Lebron dunks it, and if you see the camera jump, I apologize cause I'm going to go crazy," said Tyler.
Tyler is not your average kid. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in June 2010. Fighting cancer ever since, Tyler has not stopped playing basketball, and tonight he'll take it a step further. The Make-A-Wish-Foundation, in coordination with the Miami Heat, made Tyler's dream of announcing a Heat game a reality.
Tyler joined the voices of Reid and Fiorentino in the second quarter of the game. "I'm just excited to be here," he said. "I told all of my friends, 'Hey! Go on Sun Sports tonight and watch the Heat game!' So I'm excited."
Tyler and his entire family rode to American Airlines Area in a limousine for the Miami-Toronto match-up, which was Tyler's first ever Heat game. "Too excited," said Charlie Brooks, Tyler's mom. "I'm nervous for him, but I know he'll do fine."
Like other Heat fans, Tyler looked forward to some perks of attending the game. "A few T-shirts, a few souvenirs, autographs," he said.
After the game, Tyler says the one thing he hopes for over everything else is to become Facebook friends Dwyane Wade.
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