For a kid who’s been told “no” many times because of his bone cancer, 13-year-old Scott Baisden received the biggest “yes” of his life.
Make-A-Wish Oregon teamed up with the Portland Trail Blazers to grant his wish to meet point guard Damian Lillard. In addition to getting his own locker and name plate next to Damian’s, Scott got to shoot around with Damian during practice. The next day - on game day - Scott was recognized before the game as the honorary captain and watched the Blazers beat the Boston Celtics from courtside.
The two-day wish experience will bring Scott some much-needed joy back into his life. Doctors diagnosed Scott with an aggressive form of osteosarcoma after getting injured in a football game when he was 11 years old. Since then, he has endured 10 months of chemotherapy and five surgeries, including one to remove part of his left upper arm bone.
A wish-come-true is more than something that’s just nice to have. It reminds kids of all the amazing possibilities of life and helps them get through a difficult time in their journey.