-- Bayrelisse Torres of Athol recently got to meet Tom Brady of the New England Patriots through Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Torres, who suffers from refractory epilepsy, got to play football on the Patriots' practice field and received a signed ball from Brady. She and her family were also given tickets to a game at Gillette Stadium.  Photo courtesy of the New England PatriotsBayrelisse Torres and family recently got to meet Tom Brady of the New England Patriots through Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Left to right, front -- Tom Brady, Bayrelisse Torres, Yairelisse Torres, D'ziam Torres. Back -- Bayron Torres, Violet Torres, Yamelisse Torres. Ten year old Bayrelisse attends Riverbend Elementary School and lives in Athol with her family.  Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots  

Athol girl's wish granted; meets Tom Brady of the New England Patriots

ATHOL — Bayrelisse Torres, a Riverbend School fourth grader, is like many other 10-year-old kids in New England who like football and idolize a certain quarterback named Tom Brady. However, on Nov. 7, unlike many other 10-year-olds in New England, Bayrelisse got to meet her idol on the practice field at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

“Yes, it was exciting,” she said, “I played (football) with Tom Brady and he signed my ball that he gave to me. “ She described Brady as being “super nice.” 

Bayrelisse says that she has been a Patriots fan “forever.” She describes the experience as unforgettable, “That was a moment I wasn’t gonna forget.”

Bayrelisse and her family were even given tickets to a game at Gillette the next day. It was her first time getting to go to Patriots game and she was amazed by the experience. “It was so big and it looks so real,” the 10-year-old said in reference to Gillette Stadium. 

“It was good, that was my first game, they won,” said Bayrelisse.  

The opportunity for Bayrelisse to meet Brady and visit Gillette came through the Make-A-Wish® Foundation Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Bayrelisse suffers from Refractory Epilepsy. 

“At Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, it is our belief that a wish can impact a child’s emotional, and even physical health, working in concert with medicine and treatment to bring hope, strength, and joy to a child’s life when they need it most. In fact, our mission is quite literally to “grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy,” said Jordan Salvatoriello Public Relations Manager Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Salvatoriello also said, “Even the planning and anticipation of a wish is powerful. It gives these brave children something to look forward to and a sense of power and control that they haven’t felt for a long time. The wish experience is something the whole family can enjoy together and provides memories that last a lifetime.”

Her mother, Yamelisse Torres said that her daughter first started having seizures when was just seven years old. Yamelisse said the family is very thankful to the Patriots and for giving them this opportunity for their daughter. They would also like to thank Brady for taking the time to meet Bayrelisse. 

“The family is never gonna forget it, it’s a memorable experience,” said Yamelisse. 

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