Suns Sign Jared Ornoski, 17-Year-Old with Cancer, to Be Their Draft Lottery Rep (Pic)
That guy on the left is Phoenix Suns center Alex Len. The kid on the right is Jared Ornoski, a 17-year-old high school basketball player from Phoenix battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This week, the Suns signed Ornoski as an honorary memeber of their front office and sent him to New York with Len to serve as the team’s representative at the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery.
How awesome is that?
“It was a whirlwind, it was crazy,” Ornoski said of his first ever trip to the Big Apple, where he played a game of one-on-one against Len in Central Park. “Sometimes I don’t show it on the outside, trying to keep a straight face, but on the inside I’m going crazy.”
Oroski has undergone several rounds of chemo already and is due for one more this month. So far the tumor has shrunk by about 80%, and during his battle Jared has worked to raise awareness and money to fight the disease.
For that reason, it was an eye-opening trip for Len, too, in case you were wondering.
“It was really emotional for me. We’re fighting for a job, to win. This kid’s fighting for his life. It puts things in perspective.”
The best part about all this? Ornoski’s stint with the Suns front office isn’t over, nor is it purely ceremonial. He’ll get to take part in several other activities before the draft on June 25, including sitting in on pre-draft workouts and attending draft planning meetings.
Want to keep track of what Jared is up to? Go on Twitter and search the hashtag #PHX4Jared. That’ll keep you in the loop.
Hat Tip – [FTW]