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October Update: 49ers Wish Presented by Brocade

Posted Nov 2, 2015

49ers Wish presented by Brocade partners with organizations like the 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 October update here.

Christopher from Orange County, Calif.

Wish Fulfilment: October 3-4, 2015

Christopher, a 15-year-old who eats, lives and breathes 49ers football, dropped by Levi’s® Stadium and the SAP Performance Facility with his family in early October to meet some of his favorite people: the San Francisco 49ers. In December 2013, Christopher noticed he was having trouble seeing. After determining his eyesight was in good health, Christopher’s doctors ordered an MRI and discovered he had a brain tumor.

“To see his face when Make-A-Wish called to grant his wish to meet the 49ers… it was just priceless,” said Christopher’s mother Julie. “This means the world to him. Football is his life. He loved to play it, so this is truly his dream come true.”

Ahead of joining the 49ers on the practice field, Christopher expressed his excitement to meet his favorite players and coaching staff, including T Joe Staley, LB NaVorro Bowman, QB Colin Kaepernick as well as Head Coach Jim Tomsula after practice. However, one of the best moments from the day happened en route to the 49ers locker room before practice when Christopher ran into Kaepernick and the two had an impromptu meeting. Christopher lost his words and simply shook the quarterback’s hand with pride and asked him to sign his jersey. They were reunited later in the day following the conclusion of practice, along with the rest of the team.

Christopher and his family came back the next day to watch the 49ers take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, October 4.

Mark from Boron, Calif.

Wish Fulfilment: October 4, 2015

When Mark’s son reached out to the 49ers in hopes that he could make a lasting memory for his 50-year-old father, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, he didn’t know what to expect. Mark, a lifelong Packers fan, wasn’t anticipating an up close and personal experience when he took his family, all 49ers fans, to Levi’s® Stadium to watch San Francisco host Green Bay on October 4. 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 enhance the game day experience for Mark and his family. A house divided, the family enjoyed watching their favorite teams warm-up on the field.

Anthony from Fresno, Calif.

Wish Fulfilment: October 17-18, 2015

When nine-year-old Anthony was only two-and-a-half years old, he fell from a bunk bed and was declared paralyzed. His resilient mother, Timicia, believed otherwise and was determined to help her son walk again someday. What started as miraculous movement in his toes and feet in the hospital, has since evolved into Anthony standing out of his wheel chair, and spending 12 hours a day off his breathing machine. His condition has progressed, as the family hoped, by more than 75 percent. Timica attributes Anthony’s leaps and bounds in progress to her son’s faith in God and love of his baby sister.

Anthony’s dynamic personality was contagious at Levi’s® Stadium throughout his two-day visit. 49ers players, especially NT Ian Williams, were instantly hooked. Williams led the way for Anthony and his father during a VIP tour of the team’s locker room. Outside, Anthony’s mother and four sisters waited and snapped photos with RB Carlos Hyde, NT Mike Purcell and TE Vernon Davis.

The family rejoined the 49ers on the sidelines for the October 18 game against the Baltimore Ravens, where Anthony was once again greeted by his new biggest fans, including Williams, S Eric Reid, TE Garrett Celek, and TE Vance McDonald.

Christian from Honolulu, Hawaii

Wish Fulfilment: October 21-22, 2015

Even when conversing with 13-year-old Christian, one would never guess the trials he has surmounted of late. This 49ers fan is full of endless positive energy and a sincere appreciation for his family and life. Just a year ago, Christian and his mother travelled from their hometown in Hawaii to Oakland, Calif., to be treated for epithelioid sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer.

Having never been to an NFL stadium, Christian and his family were in awe as they toured Levi’s® Stadium from top to bottom, including a trip to the 49ers Museum presented by Sony. Christian and his family then watched practice and met the team, with Christian breaking the huddle to end practice.  Christian then spent time with Head Coach Jim Tomsula before heading into the café to feast like a football player.

Christian and his family came back on Sunday, October 22, to watch the 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks. Christian and his family had a blast on their first visit to an NFL field, capturing warm-ups on their cameras from all angles. Christian even got his own warm-up reps as he played catch with TE/LS Kyle Nelson in front of the home bench. Thanks to a generous donation from a supporter who purchased a 49ers Kick-Off Kid experience at the 49ers Foundation’s Winter Fest Auction, Christian also experienced what it was like to be on the field during the game, running to the center of the field to retrieve the kicking tee.

The goal of 49ers Wish is to give wish recipients and their families a unique and fulfilling day in the life of the team with experiences like visits to the SAP Performance Facility and a home game at Levi’s® Stadium or a meet and greet with the team. Fulfilling multiple wishes per year, the 49ers will continue to provide these once in a lifetime experiences at every remaining home game, striving to leave a lasting impact on the individuals and their families.  

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