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November Update: 49ers Wish Presented by Brocade

Posted Dec 10, 2015

49ers Wish presented by Brocade partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation to provide the Faithful across the nation with tailored events, aimed at making their dreams of meeting the San Francisco 49ers come true. See the November update here.

In partnership with organizations like Make-A-Wish and the Dream Foundation, the goal of 49ers Wish presented by Brocade is to enrich the lives of individuals facing extreme adversity or life-threatening medical conditions.   Wish recipients and their families join the 49ers to enjoy a truly unique day in the life of the team, including spending time amongst teammates at the SAP Performance Facility, and attending a home game at Levi’s® Stadium.

Eddy from Banning, Calif.

With the help of the Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness which has served more than 20,000 dreams, the 49ers were able to offer Eddy a weekend to remember with his family and friends. Eddy, a 54-year-old living with terminal cancer, visited from Banning, Calif. Lifelong 49ers Faithfuls, Eddy, his wife Esther, grandson and best friend received a private tour of Levi’s® Stadium and the 49ers Museum presented by Sony.

Eddy and his family had an exciting day at Levi’s® Stadium, which concluded with autographs and photos with the coaches and players after practice. Eddy and his wife, both of whom are huge Coach Tom Rathman fans, were invited back to the stadium on Sunday, November 8, to see the 49ers take on the Atlanta Falcons. Prior to kickoff, Eddy and his family met the 49ers running backs coach on the sidelines where Rathman told him if the 49ers beat Atlanta, Eddy would receive a game ball. Following an exciting 17-16 49ers victory, Coach Rathman sent Eddy a game ball as promised, autographed by the two-time Super Bowl Champion himself.



Cooper from Reno, Nev.

Diagnosed at 4-years-old with leukemia, Cooper underwent 1,162 days of treatment and hardly remembers what it feels like to be healthy. “Tough as Cooper” became the family and community motto during Cooper’s battle. Four years later and now in remission, he is as energetic and youthful as any 8-year-old.

Cooper and his family, huge Nevada Wolf Pack football fans, visited the 49ers headquarters after his Wish was organized through Make-A-Wish and his local high school, Bishop Manogue. The high school’s head football coach and the Bishop Manogue football team, who adopted Cooper as an honorary team captain, were the ones to break the exciting news to Cooper and his family. In high school fashion, Cooper’s Wish was revealed to him at a recent pep-rally, where Cooper took on obstacle courses revealing 49ers gear bit by bit. The course’s final activity culminated in a personal video message from 49ers rookie TE Busta Anderson, where Cooper and his family were invited to Levi’s® Stadium for a private practice viewing and game day experience.

Once at practice, Cooper was eager to greet former Nevada Wolf Pack star and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. Following practice, Cooper had a special birthday card and present waiting for one of his favorites – a “Tough as Cooper” bracelet. Before the Millers knew it, the majority of the 53 man roster was sporting a “Tough as Cooper” bracelet at Sunday’s game, providing extra fuel for the 49ers to claim the victory and leave Cooper with memories to last a lifetime.



Ryan from Pittsburgh, Penn.

Ryan, a 9-year-old native of Pittsburgh, Penn., immediately hit it off with Head Coach and Western Pennsylvania native Jim Tomsula during his late November visit to the team’s Santa Clara headquarters.

From the moment Ryan arrived, he was in awe, and his energy quickly put smiles on the faces of all. After touring the 49ers Museum presented by Sony and Levi’s® Stadium, Ryan sported an official pair of 49ers game gloves gifted by the Equipment Team, and headed to practice. At the culmination of the day, Ryan’s charisma carried over to the breakdown of the team, where he showed his teammates for the day how to “Whip and Nae Nae.” To see Ryan’s memorable dance moves, check out the video below.  


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