Hero’s celebration was the ‘real McCoy’

Dustin Strelsky, 13, of Rockdale was ‘hero of the month’ for October at Scott & White Hospital. Dustin Strelsky, 13, of Rockdale was ‘hero of the month’ for October at Scott & White Hospital. Being named Kid Wish Network Hero of the Month at Scott & White Hospital was awesome enough Friday for 13-year-old Dustin Strelsky of Rockdale.

Then he got the phone call.

“Dustin, this is Colt McCoy,” it began.

The former Texas Longhorn quarterback tried to call Dustin dur ing the ceremony Fr iday afternoon but he had another matter to deal with first.

Football practice w ith the Cleveland Browns where McCoy is in his rookie year.

“That meant so much to Dustin. He’s a big football fan and a huge Colt McCoy fan,” Wayne Brinkley, Dustin’s grandfather, said.

“He was so excited about that call,” mom Jennifer said. “It was quite a thrill.”

RECOVERY— Dustin is being treated for a severe spinal cord injury received in a Jan. 20 highway accident near Hearne which took the life of a 73-year-old Jacksonville resident.

Dustin’s mother and 17-yearold sister Katie were also injured. They have recovered.

Dustin has had five surgeries and is being fitted for braces, Brinkley said.

He goes to therapy twice a week.

“Dustin has a tremendous attitude,” Brinkley said. “He goes hunting and rides mules and really enjoys both.”

CEREMONY— Melinda Kirkpatrick of Scott & White’s Child Life Department, officiated at the ceremony.

“He’s been the one who has lifted everybody up during his recovery,” she said.

Dr. Danny Little, chief of pediatric surgery for Scott & White, was also present.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my son,” father Shane Strelsky said. “I guess the dad’s supposed to be the inspiration for the son, but my son is my inspiration. I believe he is destined for great things.”

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