KNICKS FAN: The Athlete’s Foot Ballarat owner Paul Tudorovic and Jaxon Cooper, 10. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK
A DREAM has come true for a Ballarat boy currently fighting for his life.
Doctors have given Jaxon Cooper, 10, the green light to fly.
He and his family will take off to America later this month, where they will watch his favourite NBA team, the New York Knicks, play in the flesh.
Jaxon will also meet Carmelo Anthony, the NBA player he has idolised for most of his life.
The Courier shared Jaxon’s story earlier this year after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem tumour in February, following vision problems.
Jaxon has since lost the use of his left arm and strength in his legs, having undergone gruelling chemotherapy and radiation in a bid to halt the tumour’s growth.
His dad, Rob Cooper, said on Tuesday there wasn’t much that could stop his little fighter.
“He, as you can imagine, is just so stoked,” Mr Cooper said. “I don’t think the people of Ballarat understand what this means to him.
“We’re all very excited and actually can’t believe it’s all happening.”
The Athlete’s Foot Ballarat owners Paul and Andrea Tudorovic heard of “Jaxon’s Journey” via Facebook and decided to help out in August.
Mr Tudorovic, a former Ballarat Miners coach, used a New York basketball contact to organise a signed singlet and game tickets.
But the family faced an anxious wait while doctors decided if Jaxon was safe to fly.
Mr Cooper said he wanted to thank the people of Ballarat who had donated, essentially making his son’s wish come true.
A fund-raising event, which Jaxon named “Stuff You Cancer”, was held on October 4, while Ballarat residents have been donating through other methods.
To make a donation to Jaxon’s Journey, go to ANZ Bank, BSB 013 533 and account 535 804 945.
His Facebook page can be found at www.facebook老域名/pages/Jaxons-journey/365014586970179
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