Boy battling cancer meets Miami Heat
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A Jacksonville boy had the experience of a lifetime after his lifelong dream of meeting the Miami Heat came true.
"To see the Miami Heat play and to see Lebron James, my favorite player," said Christopher Singleton.
Christopher is battling a complex cancer that started in his kidney and is now in his brain. His mother Leslie said she watched her son fight the disease four times since he was 2 years old.
However, with the help of the Miami Fire Rescue Department, the Miami Heat Charitable Fund and People In Crisis United, Christopher was able to take his mind off his battle at least for one day. "We wanted to do something special for this little boy and the brotherhood that we have with the fire departments, we had to definitely come through for them," said Miami Fire Rescue Lieutenant Ignatius Carroll.
A fire boat picked Christopher and his family up and they set sail to the American Airlines Arena, where the Miami Heat took on the Washington Wizards Saturday night.
The 7-year-old stood courtside and even helped the team practice.
Christopher kept his eye on his favorite player and with good reason. "He makes slam dunks a lot," he said.
"He's always been a Miami Heat fan and when Lebron came he was just like, oh, my gosh," said Leslie Singleton. "So it's a really cool thing for him right now."
Christopher also took pictures, collected autographs and even held Burnie's national championship ring. The boy and his family flew in just for this experience.
The Doubletree Hotel pitched in by taking care of the family's stay in South Florida.
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