19-year-old Andrew has always loved sports. He enjoys hiking, playing video games, basketball, football, and especially baseball. Since the age of 4, Andrew dreamed of being a baseball player, and not even his cancer diagnosis at age 17 could dampen his enthusiasm. He knew instantly that being a Dodger for a day was his one true wish.
Andrew’s condition involved monthly trips to the hospital for chemotherapy and a weaker immune system. Andrew saw these challenges as motivation to one day be a Dodger.
The Make-A-Wish team and the Dodgers organization put together the ultimate Dodgers experience for Andrew, his brother, and his parents. They arrived at Dodger Stadium in time to watch the team practice and then took a tour of the facility, which included visiting the team’s locker room. There, the players surprised Andrew with a very special gift – a sports bag that included his own Dodgers uniform with his last name on the back.
After the tour, Andrew and his family joined the team in the dugout and Andrew met players Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, and his favorite Dodger, Clayton Kershaw. While taking pictures and getting autographs, Andrew was surprised to learn he would be joining the team’s batting practice. Practicing with the team and even hitting a lot of the balls was the highlight of the day for Andrew. Later, seated at field level, the family cheered while the Dodgers won against the Pittsburgh Pirates and celebrated during the post-game fireworks.
Having his wish granted inspired Andrew to continue working to turn his goals into reality. Andrew currently attends Cal Poly to study architecture and he continues to be a loyal Dodger’s fan.