Two months after his wish was granted, eight-year-old Atticus strolled into the Make-A-Wish Oregon office wearing his personalized green team jersey and soccer cleats, and still wearing the bright-eyed smile that hasn’t faded since the unforgettable day.
Eight-year-old Atticus discovered he had a cancerous tumor on one of his kidneys after being hit in the stomach by a soccer ball. The pain did not subside for several days after the incident, so his family decided to take him into the doctor. In the months following, Atticus had his kidney removed and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy.
After missing the end of his youth soccer team’s season because of his treatment, Atticus’ Make-A-Wish experience was for his team, The Green Machine, to play in a scrimmage game against the Portland Timbers.
On the morning of his wish, you could hear the chanting – “ATTICUS… ATTICUS… ATTICUS…” – echo throughout the Portland Timbers’ home turf, JELD-WEN Field, by more than 3,000 screaming fans as Atticus took the field by storm. With wind in his hair and sweat on his forehead, Atticus led his team to a 10-9 victory after scoring the winning goal. Bombarded with high-fives and smiles from ear to ear by both his teammates and opponents, Atticus was truly the star of the show.
And the excitement didn’t end there! Each member of The Green Machine received a locker filled with personalized team jerseys, soccer cleats, soccer balls and backpacks. Atticus got a special locker in the Timber’s team locker room, where he was able to meet and hang out with all of the players before the scrimmage.
Atticus’ wish was not only a memorable and special moment for him and his family, but for the entire Portland community and sports fans across the nation. It was an incredible example of a whole city coming together to show support and cheer on a boy for his one true wish.
Even though the scrimmage has ended and the day has passed, Atticus’ wish will continue to resonate and will remain a huge part of his life and the Portland community. The day after his wish, Atticus’ dad said, “Last night we got home and we had a quiet moment… he just looked out the window and said, ‘This was the best day of my life.’”
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