Kids Wish Network Grants Cubs Wish to Orion Teen with Cancer

Just before October of 2009, Derrick was getting severe headaches.  His headaches were so bad that his vision would blur and he would frequently vomit.  Derrick’s mother decided it was time to take him to a doctor, who performed a CT scan, and determined that Derrick had medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor.  To date, Derrick has had two surgeries to remove a portion of the tumor and alleviate the buildup of fluid in his head.  He is currently undergoing treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy and will continue to be closely monitored for many more months.

A staff member at the hospital where Derrick was treated mentioned to him that he might be able to have a wish granted through national children’s charity; Derrick applied and was accepted. When it came time to make his wish known, Derrick asked only to spend some time with his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.

For the wish, Derrick and his family were given wonderful accommodations and dinners every evening down by Wrigley Field along with a time for a meet and greet with the Chicago Cubs.

On the day of his wish, Derrick and his family were escorted through Wrigley Field prior to the game. Derrick was even allowed onto the field during batting practice and into the clubhouse to meet all-star Aramis Ramirez! He was so excited!

During the game, Derrick and his family enjoyed VIP seats in the Corporate Club Suites followed by games and dinner at Dave and Buster’s near the field. It was truly a wish to remember.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Derrick’s wish extra special: Chicago Cubs, Chicago’s Essex Inn, Untouchable Tours, Entertainment Cruises – Seadog, Dave and Buster’s and Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse & Bar.

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