Two years ago at a school book fair, Tess Mountain got her first Dwyane Wade poster.
She'd been a football fan up to that point, but suddenly, Wade was her guy, and basketball was her sport. After doing some Internet research over the winter, Tess learned that Wade had written a book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, and she asked for it for Christmas. Now, the 13-year-old from St. Paul is also the proud owner of a Heat jersey, Heat hat and Wade bobblehead, to boot, and she spends hours at the hoop in her family's backyard practicing her shot.
But Mountain isn't your average Miami fan. She suffers from Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome, a disorder that affects her heart, facial features and skin, and is a Special Olympics athlete. (She plays basketball, of course.) Her mother, Sara, said she's not sure how her daughter got onto the Wade bandwagon, but Monday, after years of being one of the Heat guard's biggest fans, Tess' dream came true.
Last Wednesday, one o...