High School football team surprises player’s ailing mom

Debbie Heil had no idea it was coming. (NBC News)
Debbie Heil had no idea it was coming. (NBC News)

DETROIT, Michigan (WDIV) —  When you spot Robby Heil on the sidelines of a Novi High School football game, he’s usually helping out with the water bottles, and wearing No. 24.

But not Friday. He and the team surprised Heil’s mother, Debbie Heil, with a particularly memorable play.

The senior, who has special needs, had always dreamed of scoring a touchdown, so that’s exactly what he did, running more than 20 yards into the opponent’s end zone.

Mom Debbie Heil, who’s battling advanced cancer, had no idea it was coming.

“It takes a village to raise my son, and this village has really been outstanding,” she said afterward.

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