“I have played soccer my entire life and it is by far my favorite sport,” explained 15 year-old Grant. So when he was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and unable to play, meeting his favorite professional soccer players was a dream come true!
Grant and his family traveled to Los Angeles, California to meet the Galaxy and had no idea what was in store! Upon arriving to the Home Depot Center for Galaxy practice, Grant was greeted by head coach, Bruce Arena. As he handed Grant his own jersey with his name across the back, Coach Arena told Grant that he was now an honorary member of the team. Next, much to Grant’s surprise, the players all came over, shook his hand, and each signed his jersey. What an amazing souvenir to bring home!
A couple days later, the LA Galaxy had a home game. Grant and his family were brought down into the tunnel, and gave high-fives to the players as they ran out to warm up. They also were able to stand right on the sidelines as the players warmed up! Grant said, “I couldn’t believe that my favorite players, Landon Donovan and David Beckham, were right in front of me!”
On the days he wasn’t hanging out with his favorite soccer stars, Grant was also able to explore the city! He and his family spent the day at Hollywood’s Universal Studios, touring the sets of famous movies and riding thrilling rides like Jurassic Park.