Ethan Met the Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball Team!

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“I can’t believe I get to meet my favorite college teams”

Ethan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 12 years old. Ethan struggles to stay healthy and must continuously test his blood sugar and receives five insulin injections daily. When Ethan learned he was going to meet the Ohio State’s basketball and football teams he said, “I can’t believe I get to meet my favorite college teams, they are the best!”

“Surprisingly, Ethan wasn’t at all nervous to meet the players; he was extremely thrilled and upbeat. He is very thankful to Kids Wish Network and Ohio State. This wish was such an elating experience for our family,” said Lesli Heller, Ethan’s mom.

For Ethan’s wish, Kids Wish Network arranged an all-expenses paid trip to Columbus for Ethan to meet the Ohio State teams. During his wish Ethan spoke with Ohio State’s basketball player Aaron Craft. Ethan expressed his dream to play as well as him someday and Aaron told Ethan to, “…enjoy his youth.” Ethan also received numerous gifts from both teams along with autographs, t-shirts and the player’s gloves.

Help Grant a Wish for Another Child

Name: Ethan
Age: 13
State: OH
Illness: Type 1 Diabetes
Wish: Meet Ohio State University Basketball Team
Wish Category: Celebrity


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