Michael was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was 12. While the cancer has slowed down his energy levels, it has not slowed down his spirit.
He is a sports enthusiast who loves the game of basketball. To him basketball is not just a game, it is a way of life. “When I grow up I want to be a professional basketball player,” said Michael. The decision was an easy one for Michael when asked what his wish was. He wished to be a New York City Knicks for a day and be treated like a celebrity.
Michael not only got to meet his favorite players on the team, he also was allowed to practice with them, tour the facility and signed a one-day deal with them. This was followed by running out with the team, being announced as a player and then watching the game. Thanks to Garden of Dreams Foundation and Make-A-Wish, Michael got to experience his dream by becoming an honorary Knicks for the day. That was followed by watching the game afterwards between the NYC Knicks verses Oklahoma City Thunder. His story was featured on People.com. They put together a mock press conference announcing him signing with the Knicks. The smile on Michael’s face says it all… he will never forget this day.