With close to 80,000 New York Giants fans cheering him on and fueling a charge of gameday electricity already in the air, wish kid Connor excitedly rushed through the team’s stadium archway and jogged onto the Giants’ game day field at MetLife Stadium.
After receiving high-fives from the entire team, as they
gathered along the fifty yard line, Connor joined the lineup with excitement. A
warm, wide smile began to spread across Connor’s face as a roar of applause
swept through the crowd when Connor stepped into the Giants’ end zone and was
introduced to everyone in attendance. As he stood in amazement, Connor saw his
own image looking back at himself on every JumboTron in the stadium.
At any point during the game, if you looked over to Connor
and his family, you could still find him with that same smile that never seemed
to want to fade as he and his family happily cheered on their favorite team.
Connor’s father Brian shared their sentiments about the
“Most striking about Connor’s weekend with the New York
Giants wasn’t the limousine ride, or walking the immense indoor practice field,
or even browsing the impressive haul of photos and trophies scattered throughout
the complex, reminding us of the team’s rich history. It wasn’t game day—the
food, the view, being on the field, the sights and sounds before kickoff that
gave him his closest view of the game ever. It was none of those, as impressive
as they were. The most striking aspect of Connor’s wish to meet the New York
Giants was the people—the overwhelming personal embrace given by the New York
Giants and Make-A-Wish.
These weren’t anonymous encounters, where Connor observed
the Giants through a glass wall as they went about their business. It was
personal. On those sidelines, and in the stands during the game, one Giant
after another, old and new, owner and player, stopped to see how Connor was
doing. He was, to put it mildly, overwhelmed. We have a picture of him with his
hands on his head, eyes narrowed in disbelief, soaking it all in.
For Connor, this event in his life will unfold over time.
Parts of it he won’t appreciate until years later—too much to process in one
weekend. It is something he will always remember, and our hope is he also
always remembers the people who made it possible.”