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Thiago Wished to Meet LeBron James

Thiago D'Elia

“ My wish changed my worst experience into a cherished memory. ”

- Thiago

Thiago was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 15. Rounds of chemotherapy prevented him from playing basketball, the game he loves. Thiago’s one true wish was to meet his favorite basketball player — LeBron James.

In 2012, Make-A-Wish Georgia granted Thiago’s wish and flew his family down for a Miami Heat basketball game. Thiago got to watch a team practice, play one-on-one with LeBron and attend a game court-side. LeBron even gifted Thiago with a pair of autographed sneakers.

"Make-A-Wish Georgia truly changed my life," said Thiago. "I am and will forever be grateful. The wish transformed my life’s worse experience and turned it around to become one of my most cherished memories."

Years later, Thiago has served as one of our many wish ambassadors at events, including the 2015 Wish Ball. He enjoys sharing his wish story with others and explaining the impact of a wish from his perspective.

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