When Grant was seven years old, he completely lost his appetite. After several attempts to get Grant to eat, his mom, Stephanie, took him to the doctor. After a couple of blood tests, Grant was diagnosed with leukemia. Grant’s entire family was in shock. For what they thought was a routine visit to the doctor turned into an entirely new life with no time to adjust. “We saw his life flash before our eyes,” Stephanie said.
Grant immediately began chemotherapy and drug therapy with his family making several trips to the hospital for his treatments and continuous testing.
During all the tests, procedures and treatments, Grant focused on baseball. While fighting his illness, he spent most of his time playing baseball-themed video games. When Grant found out he would receive a wish from Make-A-Wish® Minnesota, he decided to combine his two favorite things: baseball and video games. Grant wished to play video games with Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins!
In 2012, Grant’s wish came true. On his wish day, Grant and his family toured Target Field and watched a Twins game after Grant and Joe played video games on the Jumbo-tron.
This experience meant the world to Grant and his family. They finally got to experience the happiness and togetherness they needed after the months of worry and stress.
Today, Grant’s bedroom is like an exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame. He proudly displays every souvenir from his wish experience, and even wears the batting gloves Joe gave him during his own baseball games.
“He will never forget that experience,” Stephanie said. “It meant a lot to him to have that opportunity.”