Wish granted

Lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan Helen Morrow of Wampum, seated, always has want to see the Black and Gold play in person. Her wish was fulfilled by Twilight Wish Foundation, which not only got her two tickets, but also an autographed football. With her is Tara Lutz of Life Lawrence County, who nominated Morrow for the wish.

Helen Morrow entered the meeting room at Life Lawrence County decked out in a Brett Keisel jersey.

Nothing could have been more appropriate for the Wampum resident and lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Earlier this year, Keisel became eligible for free agency and did not immediately receive an offer from the Steelers.

But just when it appeared that the defensive end’s time in Pittsburgh was over, he returned, thanks to a late offer from the Black and Gold.

The Steel City couldn’t get rid of Morrow so easily, either.

Formerly a licensed practical nurse at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Morrow retired twice but returned to the hospital both times before her third shot at retirement finally stuck.

“ I wasn’t ready to retire, I guess,” Morrow, 78, said. “After the third time, I decided, ‘That better be all now.’ ”

It was that kind of dedication to duty that inspired Tara Lutz, a nurse’s aide at Life Lawrence County, to nominate Morrow to the Twilight Wish Foundation. The nonprofit organization grants wishes to “deserving, economically-disadvantaged seniors.”

Morrow’s wish — to attend a Steelers game.

“She spent her life helping people,” Lutz said of her motivation in nominating Morrow, “and she talks about how she wants to see a game all the time. Just about every Monday she comes in talking about the game.”

Morrow concedes that she’s been a Steelers fan all her life, “but my kids won’t let me watch. They say they lose every time I watch.”

Nonetheless, Morrow will be off Dec. 28 to Heinz Field — and she plans on taking Lutz with her — to watch Pittsburgh take on the Cincinnati Bengals. And after the game is over, she’ll still have a commemorative plaque from Twilight Wish and an official NFL football signed by several Steelers stars — including Keisel — to bring back warm memories.

Or perhaps more accurately, cold memories. After all, the average high temperature in Pittsburgh for Dec. 28 is 34 degrees.

“I guess I’ll have to get out my Canadian clothes,” Morrow said. “I have a son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Montreal. This will be the first time I’ve worn them since I came back from Canada, and that was two years ago.

“And I found two quarters in my jacket pocket. But you probably can’t buy anything at the stadium for 50 cents. So I guess I’ll just keep the two quarters.”

She won’t, though, be putting them toward more tickets next season.

“I figure,” Morrow said, “that one football game ought to do me for a while.”

(Email: d_irwin@ncnewsonline.com)

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