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A Vikings wish come true

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A local 16-year-old Vikings fan had a dream come true this past Saturday with a trip to meet the team at Winter Park.

WDC student Zachary Burcham's father Mike Burcham said the school and community helped his son realize a wish to meet Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings and a wish to go to the Black Hills.

"I'm not a football follower so I really don't know most of their names, but you can give this kid a number and he'll tell you exactly who the player is," Mike Burcham said.

Mike, Zachary, and 10-year-old Ervin Burcham drove to their destination with a gas card from the WDC high school student council and met Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, and other players. Mike Burcham said Adrian Peterson kept calling Zach "little brother."

"He got to be official owner of the Minnesota Vikings for two minutes and sat at the desk of Zygi Wilf," Mike Burcham said. "We got to Winter Park, right on the practice field with the players, and watched them practice. And then after practice we got to talk to the players and get autographs and stuff like that, so it was a pretty awesome deal."

He said that Zachary asked Favre to make a touchdown for his girlfriend, and sure enough, Favre scored and helped the Vikings to a victory that weekend.

On Tuesday, Zach presented two framed photos and a poster autographed by Vikings team members to the WDC student council.

Zachary Burcham has Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, and his father said the life expectancy for kids at this stage of the disease is 17 to 18 years old.

"It's the unbelievable thing about how people in the community can pull together, even in a time of crisis," Mike Burcham said. "It's unreal what this school has done for my son."

He said that as a single father, he appreciated the high school and elementary school staff.

Back in the summer, the family got to go on a trip to the Black Hills region with help from the school, the Lions Club and community members. They experienced a variety of sites including Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Mountain, Sturgis and Deadwood. Mike Burcham said his son wants to go back this summer again, depending on health.

"I'm definitely gonna try to do everything humanly possible to get him back there," Mike Burcham said.