Dreams do come true. Just ask 9-year-old Wheel of Fortune fan Eric Piburn.
Life hasn’t been easy for the Florida native, who was born with a congenital heart defect. But the long-running game show has brought some normality to his life -- it taught him to spell! -- during long stays at the hospital, surgeries and being hooked to an oxygen tank.
“Basically, we’re sitting on borrowed time,” his mother, Randi Piburn, explains to 10News WTSP in Tampa Bay-Sarasota.
On Thursday, Wheel of Fortune helped grant one of Eric’s wishes. After getting a tour of WTSP's studios, Eric met Pat Sajak and Vanna Whitevia satellite, yelling “Holy Moly! Wow!”when they appeared on the screen.
Not only did Eric get to chat with the hosts, Pat and Vanna sent along a ton of gifts from the show, including a signed photograph -- and they played a special game of Wheel of Fortune dedicated to him!
“This is everything to him,” Randi shared. “I think this is something that we’re going to be talking about for a very long time.”
Following the visit, Randi shared a video on Facebook of her son playing with his two new Pat and Vanna figurines, with a big thank you following his special day.
“Hey, this is cool,” he says to the camera. “Thank you for getting these. I love them so much. I’m playing with them right now.”
In November, Star Wars director J.J. Abrams helped make a dream come true for a huge fan, who had just been given two months to live. To see what he did watch the video below.