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August 10, 2013

'A pretty one-of-a-kind guy'

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He and Clarett — who is back home with a growing family in Ohio — have come a long way from Omaha.

“The story of redemption for him has been amazing,” Overton said. “Just looking back, it’s pretty crazy to see where both of us are at a year later.”

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Overton was at a Justin Bieber concert on July 10 with 10 teenage girls and their special guests. Mia Benge was supposed to be there, too.

Earlier in the year, Overton attended an auction to benefit Second Helpings — an organization that helps feed the needy in Indianapolis — at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. When tickets for a suite at the Bieber concert went on the block, the long snapper saw the perfect means to hold an event with Riley patients.

He’d visited the hospital for the first time during the holiday season and come away amazed. He outbid another guest for the tickets, but he only had half a suite.

When his one-time opponent learned what Overton planned to do with the tickets, he partnered with his own charity to donate the other half of the suite. The Riley Kids selected to attend learned about the tickets at the end of a tour of the Colts’ practice facility when they were surprised by the long snapper, team mascot Blue and the team’s cheerleaders.

Mia was on that tour, but she was readmitted to Riley on July 8 when she had a relapse. Her sister, Olivia, attended the concert in her place but received a distressing Twitter message during the show asking that she come to the hospital immediately.

Mia wasn’t expected to live through the night.

“We were all at the bedside,” Keri Benge said. “It was moment to moment.”

Overton accompanied Liv down to the waiting car. Then he followed Mia’s story throughout the night on Twitter.

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