Water boy with Down syndrome scores special touchdown as terminally ill mom watches

(CNN) — A lot of big touchdowns have been scored so far this year in the first couple of weeks of football season. But none probably meant as much as the touchdown Robby Heil scored last week.

“This is something that we thought we could do to bring some joy, hopefully some outstanding memories,” Novi head coach Jeff Burnside told CNN affiliate WXYZ.

Robby was thrilled, but someone watching on the sideline was even more elated — his mother, Debbie Heil, who has terminal bone cancer.

“I dropped to the ground because I was so emotional when I saw him make that touchdown,” Heil told WXYZ. “I’ve always been proud of him being the water boy, or as people call him the hydration manager, but this was incredible.”