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Tyler scores big after wishing to meet the LA Clippers

“ Make-A-Wish is an amazing organization. They give children hope. It just brings you right back up when you’re down knowing that they’re always by your side. ”

Tyler is a 15 year-old who admits that his passion for basketball has turned into a slight obsession. In addition to following the NBA, he plays on a travel team and when he is on the court, Tyler says that he is in his own zone and thinks only about what his next move will be. Unfortunately, for Tyler and his family, having to constantly think about the next move has become a way of life.

When Tyler was just an infant his mom noticed that something was just not right. At 23 months, he was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, a condition where spinal fluid builds up on the brain. This build up causes a lot of pressure which in turn causes pain and possible brain damage. Since then, Tyler has undergone 27 brain surgeries to help manage his condition.

On the night before his 25th brain surgery this past April, he received a call from the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Suffolk County saying that he had been qualified for a wish.

“When Make-A-Wish called it was probably one of the first times that the pain just went away because of how happy I was.”

While many children find it hard to choose their one true wish, Tyler had no trouble narrowing it down to three options. In true Tyler fashion, all his possible wishes had to do with basketball. After thinking long and hard about his wish, Tyler decided that he would like to fly to California to meet the LA Clippers, his favorite team.

Click below to witness the moment when Make-A-Wish® announces that Tyler’s wish will come true.

  • Tyler wished to meet the LA Clippers.

  • Tyler wished to meet the LA Clippers.

  • Tyler wished to meet the LA Clippers.

  • Tyler wished to meet the LA Clippers.

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  • On Saturday, January 20th, the Long Island Royals 14U Hockey Team hosted their 3rd annual Make-A-Wish Fundraiser! This year, the team rallied the community to help grant the #wish of 6 year-old James from #Holbrook. James, who happens to love hockey, was excited to meet the players who are making his wish to visit the Disney Aulani Resort in #Hawaii come true. The team of boys welcomed James as part of their team. When James arrived, he had his own stall in the locker room with his very own LI Royals jersey, he watched warm-ups from the bench, and did the honor of dropping the puck at center ice. We are so proud to partner with these players who truly understand the meaning of #teamwork both on and off the ice. Our sincerest thanks to the Long Island Royals 14U hockey team, Superior Ice Rink, the wonderful Sue Kav who organized the event, our friends from Chick-fil-A Commack who donated their services this past Saturday, and everyone who showed their support to James and his family.

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