A 12-year old boy from Salem had his wish come true today as he met legendary NBA player Michael Jordan at the Nike World Headquarters near Beaverton.
Leone, who is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was a special guest of Nike's Jordan Brand division employees, according to Kelly O'Malley-McKee of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, which arranged the visit.
Leone and his family were given a limousine ride from Salem and a luncheon was held in the boy's honor. Leone got to spend one-on-one time with Jordan and the NBA great gave the child his own pair of custom, laser-designed athletic shoes.
"It was so cool and it made me really happy," Leone was quoted as saying in the Make-A-Wish statement. "I admire him and he's my favorite basketball player. I'll remember this day for my whole life."
Jordan, who won six NBA titles while playing for the Chicago Bulls, was recently appointed Chief Wish Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation grants wishes of children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.
Thank Roger Gregory of OregonLive.com for the story.