Terminally Ill Teen Gets to Meet LeBron James Thanks to Social Media Campaign (Pics)
Last week a terminally ill teenager from Albuquerque got to meet his sports idol, and it was all thanks to a social media campaign started by someone he didn’t even know.
Kyle Osborne, 19, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called myxopapillary ependymoma in April of 2016. Unfortunately, five months of radiation therapy could not shrink the tumors on his brain and spinal cord, and in November doctors gave him five months to live.
At that point Kyle’s parents approached the Make-A-Wish Foundation about helping their son meet his favorite athlete, LeBron James. However, Make-A-Wish Foundation gifts are only available to children between the ages of 2 and 18.
That’s where Laura Onorato comes in. Onorato is a physician assistant who heard about Kyle’s situation from a friend in April. She came up with the hashtag #KylesWish, and with the help of her teenage daughter she launched her idea into the Twittersphere. Soon the Cleveland chapter of A Special Wish Foundation heard about the campaign. And even though they usually only serve youths from Ohio, they decided to help Kyle get his wish.
Last week, thanks to a donation of frequent flyer miles, Kyle, his dad, and his sister flew from New Mexico to Cleveland for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavs and Celtics. The Cavaliers gave them box seats and some time on the floor before the game. And all three of them got to meet Kings James:
— Vern Thompson (@VernThompson) May 22, 2017
They also got to meet Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal:
— Laura (@MiaowABQ) May 21, 2017
Twitter can be pretty stupid and cruel. It’s refreshing to see that it can also be used for good.
Hats off to Laura Onorato and everyone who helped make this special moment happen.
Hat Tip – [theScore]