Ontario teen told he has less than a year to live wants to meet LeBron James
TORONTO -- A Brampton, Ont. teen who was told he has less than a year to live says his dying wish is to shake the hand of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
Corey Groves was diagnosed with highly aggressive stage four sarcoma cancer about six months ago. Since his diagnosis, he has been through 12 rounds of chemotherapy.
The 17-year-old said he has his "off days" but has tried to keep a positive outlook on the situation, despite the 15 per cent survival rate for his type of rare cancer.
Despite multiple attempts, the foundation was not able to arrange a meeting with James, but offered Groves a week-long all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles along with tickets to a game. He is leaving on Dec. 23.
"But I really want to meet him, I am just there for the game but if I can get a hand shake – that would be amazing," Groves told CTV News Toronto from the hospital on Friday.
Groves launched an Instagram page last month in hopes that he can catch the attention of the Lakers. He already has more than 3,400 followers.
"I didn’t really expect such a big response in a short amount of time,” Groves said. "It blew me away."
"It makes me happy that they know about this," Groves said. "This is starting to seem more realistic."
"LeBron James just does so many good things off and on the court. Recently he fed tacos to the first responders – no one is asking him to do that but he goes ahead and does it anyways."
"Some athletes are there for the money but he really cares about this job."
A spokesperson for the Lakers sent CTV News Toronto a statement saying they are aware of Grove's wish, and hope "to make something special happen for him."
Groves said if he gets the chance to meet James, he’ll shake his hand and tell him to "keep doing what you’re doing."
Meanwhile, Groves is about to undergo another round of intense chemotherapy to try and reduce the size of the tumours in his stomach and liver, but is determined to keep his positive attitude alive.
"I would say even on the worst of days, try to have a smile. As much as you think you have it bad, someone always has it worse."