*Oh man! You just gotta love the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the nonprofit organization that works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
They recently made the dream of a very special youngster come true.
Charvis Brewer, an 8-year-old super-fan of the Memphis Grizzlies, got his wish: He was drafted as the teams’ newest and youngest member.
“It brought tears to my eyes,” said his mother, Colissa Brewer, about the Grizzlies’ welcoming gesture. “I never imagined he would get a chance to do something like that.”
Brewer, who suffers from cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that confines him to a wheelchair, is cared for by his mother and a home health aide who tends to his every need.
When volunteers asked him what he would wish for more than anything in the world, he said he wanted to be drafted by the Grizzlies. His mother told TODAY.com that Charvis kept wondering if his dream would come true.
Well, he got his answer on Sunday. The Brewer family, including Charvis’ sister, brother and stepfather, went to brunch in Memphis – about an hour’s drive from their home in Somerville, Tenn.
At the end of the meal, Memphis Grizzlies announcer Pete Pranica charged into the dining room and called out Charvis’ name. He had great news — the Grizzlies had a supplemental draft and they chose Charvis!
The ceremony came complete with a mock press conference, a team photograph, and a visit to the locker room.
The team just as quickly embraced Charvis. “He’s a great kid that comes from a great family and is so full of life,” Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien said in a statement to TODAY.com. “We are a bigger fan of his than he is of ours.”
Check out all the excitement here.